|James Marriott in his roofless Brisbane, Australia|
apartment after an epic storm moved through. Photo via AP.
That is until the worst thunderstorm to hit the city in decades blasted through.
Widespread areas of Brisbane and surrounding towns suffered through 85 mph winds, lots of lemon-sized hail, torrential, flooding rains and a zillion lightning strikes.
Planes at an airport were flipped over and sent skittering across fields. Residents huddled in hallways as roofs flew off and hail smashed windows, allowing more hail, torrential rains and hurricane force winds to blast into their homes.
The videos you can watch at the bottom of this post are outrageous.
|This plane was flung across a field during|
Brisbane's huge storm Thursday.
Given the huge number of dangerous hailstones pelted down, the shattering glass in hundreds or even thousands of buildings, the falling debris, the roofs flying off buildings, some of them high rises; the flooding, it's amazing that only 29 people had minor injuries in the city of a little more than 2 million people.
Australian Broadcasting Corp says the city suffered at least $150 million in damage. Power was cut to more than 100,000 customers. Countless cars were totaled by the giant hailstones.
The storms hit just as the afternoon commute was getting under way. That meant there were a lot of cars on the road. Meaning a lot of cars that would get trashed by hail.
The hail and flooding and power failures also pretty much put the kabosh on public transit, so many people had trouble getting home from work to see how badly their houses were trashed.
The videos below are beyond incredible. Watch:
First video shows the incredible intensity of the storm:
Amazing that nobody got hurt in this downtown Brisbane neighborhood, considering what you see happening. Yikes!
Watch the storm invade this guy's apartment in a very scary fashion: The wildest part begins about 1 minute into the video: