Thousands of storms occur every year in Australia but only some of these are severe enough to cause serious damage. Storms are ‘atmospheric disturbances’ that can include strong winds, hail, heavy rain and lightning. Storms can be grouped in to two broad categories – small scale thunderstorms or large scale storms that are produced by intense low-pressure systems and are also called ‘synoptic storms’.
The hazards for residential buildings that are associated with storm are:
Strong winds, hail and heavy rain, either on their own, or combined, can cause significant damage to houses. For more information on these hazards click on the links below.