Subject: April 14: 1999 Sydney hailstorm
The 1999 Sydney hailstorm was the costliest natural disaster in
Australian insurance history, causing extensive damage along the east
coast of New South Wales. The storm developed south of Sydney on the
afternoon of 14 April, 1999 and struck the city's eastern suburbs,
including the central business district, later that evening. The storm
dropped an estimated 500,000 tonnes of hailstones in its path. Insured
damages caused by the storm were over A$1.7 billion, with the total
damage bill (including uninsured damages) estimated to be around A$2.3
billion, equivalent to US$1.5 billion. It was the costliest in
Australian history in terms of insured damages, overtaking the 1989
Newcastle earthquake that had resulted in A$1.1 billion in insured
damages. Lightning also claimed one life during the storm, and the
event caused approximately 50 injuries. The storm was classified as a
supercell following further analysis of its erratic nature and extreme
attributes. During the event, the Bureau of Meteorology was
consistently surprised at the frequent changes in direction, as well
as the severity of the hail and the duration of the storm. The event
was also unique as the time of year and general conditions in the
region were not seen as conducive for an extreme storm cell to form.
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