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An insurance catastrophe has been declared after a hailstones the size of golf balls smashed cars and buildings around Australia on Sunday and Monday

by Johanna Rhea (2020-07-07)


An insurance catastrophe has been declared after a hailstones the size of golf balls smashed cars and buildings around Australia on Sunday and Monday.

The hailstorms that battered Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney have caused an estimated $320million worth of damage, with 29,000 claims lodged so far.

Two thirds of the claims are for damage to cars, the Insurance Council of Australia said.

One video from Canberra showed hailstones smashing through the skylight of a doctors' surgery and falling inside while other clips showed the huge projectiles cracking car windscreens. 

The ICA has declared a 'catastrophe', meaning claims relating to storm damage will be prioritised by insurers. 

Experts are expecting the damage figures to climb.

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