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'Cloud tsunami': Shelf cloud rolls over Sydney's Bondi Beach

By Claire Cromie

Published 06/11/2015

A dramatic shelf cloud has been captured on film in Sydney, as powerful storms hit Australia's east coast.

Crowds gathered to watch huge storm clouds - dubbed on social media as a "cloud tsunami" - form near Bondi on Friday.

Further north, hailstones the size of golf balls fell on the Central Coast region.

The temperature dropped from 28.3 degrees to 20.6 degrees within a few hours.

"All the dynamics of the atmosphere came together for a short time," said Mohammed Nabi, a Bureau of Meteorology forecaster. "It was a short, sharp event."

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for regions including Sydney's central business district and the Hunter. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding may be in store.

Hailstones the size of golf balls fell on the Central Coast of new south Wales, Australia. Pic Stuam/Instagram
Hailstones the size of golf balls fell on the Central Coast of new south Wales, Australia. Pic Stuam/Instagram

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