The night has thrown 500,000 tons of hail through a $ 1.7 billion hole through Sydney

The 500,000-tonne night hail broke a $ 1.7 billion gap through Sydney: a look back at Australia's most precious natural disaster 20 years later

  • On the night of April 14, 1999, 20 years ago, Sydney was hit by Australia's most precious natural disaster
  • Black clouds rolled over Sydney and plunged the city into darkness before huge hailstones fell from the sky
  • Hailstones struck homes and cars at 200km / h, causing $ 1.7 billion in damage

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It was the night that hailstones were as big as crickets fell from the sky.

In the evening of April 14, 1999, black clouds rolled over Sydney and the city collapsed into darkness. A huge blow of thunder echoed – and the sky opened.

The violent storm that followed 20 years ago today was the most expensive natural disaster in Australia's history.

In the evening of April 14, 1999, black clouds rolled over Sydney and the city collapsed into darkness. A huge blow of thunder echoed - and the sky opened. Shown: Footage from the day

In the evening of April 14, 1999, black clouds rolled over Sydney and the city collapsed into darkness. A huge blow of thunder echoed – and the sky opened. Shown: Footage from the day

Around 20,000 houses and 70,000 cars (photos & # 39; s) were damaged in 85 suburbs - although the east of the city was hit hardest

Around 20,000 houses and 70,000 cars (photos & # 39; s) were damaged in 85 suburbs - although the east of the city was hit hardest

Around 20,000 houses and 70,000 cars (photos & # 39; s) were damaged in 85 suburbs – although the east of the city was hit hardest

The fierce storm that struck Sydney today 20 years ago was the most expensive natural disaster in Australia's history. Pictured: damage after the storm

The fierce storm that struck Sydney today 20 years ago was the most expensive natural disaster in Australia's history. Pictured: damage after the storm

The fierce storm that struck Sydney today 20 years ago was the most expensive natural disaster in Australia's history. Pictured: damage after the storm

Hailstones (pictured next to a cricket ball) were thrown at businesses, houses and cars at 200 kilometers per hour, causing $ 1.7 billion in damage, or $ 2.8 billion in money today

Hailstones (pictured next to a cricket ball) were thrown at businesses, houses and cars at 200 kilometers per hour, causing $ 1.7 billion in damage, or $ 2.8 billion in money today

Hailstones (pictured next to a cricket ball) were thrown at businesses, houses and cars at 200 kilometers per hour, causing $ 1.7 billion in damage, or $ 2.8 billion in money today

The storm was so frightening that 2000 people called Triple Zero in the first five hours. On the photo: a street is greeted with hail

The storm was so frightening that 2000 people called Triple Zero in the first five hours. On the photo: a street is greeted with hail

The storm was so frightening that 2000 people called Triple Zero in the first five hours. On the photo: a street is greeted with hail

Hailstones were thrown at businesses, houses and cars at 200 kilometers per hour, causing $ 1.7 billion in damage or $ 2.8 billion in money today.

Some 20,000 houses and 70,000 cars were damaged in 85 suburbs – although the east of the city suffered the biggest blow.

The most affected suburbs were Kensington, Kingsford, Botany, Mascot, Randwick and Paddington.

The storm was so frightening that 2000 people called Triple Zero in the first five hours.

Tragically, a person died from a lightning strike, although it was almost a miracle that the death toll was not higher.

This image from above the city shows blue covers on roofs damaged by hail during the Sydney Hailstorm in 1999

This image from above the city shows blue covers on roofs damaged by hail during the Sydney Hailstorm in 1999

This image from above the city shows blue covers on roofs damaged by hail during the Sydney Hailstorm in 1999

Tarpaulins that cover the roof of a house in the eastern suburbs of Sydney after the Sydney Hailstorm in 1999

Tarpaulins that cover the roof of a house in the eastern suburbs of Sydney after the Sydney Hailstorm in 1999

Tarpaulins that cover the roof of a house in the eastern suburbs of Sydney after the Sydney Hailstorm in 1999

This image shows damage to a car roof as a result of the 1999 Sydney Hailstorm, the most expensive disaster in Aussie's history

This image shows damage to a car roof as a result of the 1999 Sydney Hailstorm, the most expensive disaster in Aussie's history

This image shows damage to a car roof as a result of the 1999 Sydney Hailstorm, the most expensive disaster in Aussie's history

Some 20,000 houses and 70,000 cars were damaged in 85 suburbs - although the east of the city suffered the biggest blow. Pictured: a map with the rain

Some 20,000 houses and 70,000 cars were damaged in 85 suburbs - although the east of the city suffered the biggest blow. Pictured: a map with the rain

Some 20,000 houses and 70,000 cars were damaged in 85 suburbs – although the east of the city suffered the biggest blow. Pictured: a map with the rain

Tragically, a person died from a lightning strike, although it was almost a miracle that the death toll was not higher. Pictured: huge hailstones

Tragically, a person died from a lightning strike, although it was almost a miracle that the death toll was not higher. Pictured: huge hailstones

Tragically, a person died from a lightning strike, although it was almost a miracle that the death toll was not higher. Pictured: huge hailstones

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