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The Informer: That's not a hailstone, THIS is a hailstone

This is ridiculous. Hailstones in southern #Brisbane. Photo: Johny Miller, @jmil400, via Twitter
This is ridiculous. Hailstones in southern #Brisbane. Photo: Johny Miller, @jmil400, via Twitter

La Nina lived up to her reputation for many this weekend with heavy rain and high winds across the north and eastern Australia.

Severe thunderstorms bought deluge to areas above the Sunshine Coast, with reports of tennis ball-sized hailstones south of Brisbane.

The Bureau of Meteorology took to Twitter to sound its warning.

Tweeting: "These thunderstorms are a significant threat to property and life."

NSW was also lashed with October wind and rain, thunderstorm warnings in Sydney and flash flooding forecast inland.

Across the seas, a prediction for the world's strongest storm caused residents of the Philippines to flee their homes.

Typhoon Goni will make landfall on Sunday, predicted to be the strongest typhoon to hit since Haiyan killed more than 6300 people in 2013.

In El Salvador at least nine have died and 110 families have been affected by a landslide north of the capital, with scattered rains and storms still to be expected.

According to authorities, the number of victims could increase in the coming hours during search and rescue tasks.

Back home, post-lockdown life remained relatively calm for Victorians, with another zero - or a donut day - recorded on the coronavirus count.

The state's chief health officer Brett Sutton shared the good news that some Melbourne workers could be back in the office before Christmas.

"If we can see that these chains of transmission are in check, then there is a reasonable chance - a slow and steady - gradual return to the workplace," Professor Sutton said.

On behalf of Melbourne, thanks Brett.

Stay indoors, stay safe.

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