Farmers on the Sunshine Coast are tallying the damages of a supercell that dropped large hailstones down on their orchards and small crops yesterday afternoon.
Ironically, in a week they were fearing the serious threat of bushfires, it was ice that caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage to lychees, avocados, macadamias, custard apples and pumpkins.
"At 2:30 yesterday afternoon it hit and probably went for a good 20 minutes, just flat out," lychee farmer Ryan Martin said. "There's a fair bit of fruit left on the trees, the majority's on the ground, but what is on the trees is damaged."
It was the third time in 15 months that Yanalla Farms' lychee, dragon fruit and custard apple farm has fallen victim to a violent hail storm in the Glass House Mountains. Dragon fruit plants were also smashed, along with the last of the Martins' patented Pinks Blush custard apple crop. It could be a month before they know how much of the fruit still growing on the trees can be salvaged.