A giant waterspout that developed off NSW's south coast may
be one of the largest ever caught on camera in Australia.
The towering twister appeared off Batemans Bay on Sunday
afternoon and spectacular images of the swirling, dark grey
vortex rapidly spread around the world via social media
Bureau of Meteorology severe weather forecaster Mick Logan
said the waterspout, which lasted about 20 minutes, attracted
so much attention because it was particularly well-formed and
"It's the most intense that I've seen off the NSW coast," he
"There's not many photos that I would know of that have come
in with something as strong as that one."
Mr Logan said waterspouts were more commonly spotted off
Australia's east coast in late autumn, when the sea
temperature was warmer and the air cooler.
The last one reported by AAP was in February off the coast of
Medowie, north of Newcastle, in February.
"But in the digital age there's more and more footage coming
in of them," Mr Logan added.
Meanwhile, amazing video footage of severe hail and
thunderstorms which affected southeast Queensland on Sunday
is also being posted online.
One video, posted by Flinn McKenzie and shot from a balcony,
begins with the fast-moving storm visible in the distance and
a person just off camera commenting: "It's getting closer -
it hasn't arrived yet."
But within 20 seconds heavy rain is bucketing down and then
the hail begins, forcing whoever is holding the video camera
to scramble inside and quickly shut the sliding glass doors.
Towards the end of the video, the cameraman moves back
outside and shows the ground covered in large hailstones.
A tarpaulin-style roof covering at the same property is full
of holes - apparently where the hail has hit it, and washing
has been knocked off a drying line.
Another video, posted by Nikos Athanasiadis, shows hail
thundering into a backyard swimming pool and plumes of spray
erupting into the air.
A third video, posted by Andy Reid, appears to show hail
damaging a car parked in a Brisbane street and tearing leaves
from nearby trees.