Toowoomba, Queensland 1976

Storm - Toowoomba

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$12 million Insurance Costs

A severe storm caused extreme weather conditions in the Toowoomba region on 9 January 1976. Gale force winds combined with large hail resulted in widespread damage to infrastructure, buildings and houses.

The Insurance Council of Australia estimated the 1976 damage at $12 million, with the 2011 estimated normalised cost of $282 million.

Information Sources

Geoscience Australia, Severe thunderstorm risks, Chapter 6, website viewed 23 May 2011
Insurance Council of Australia, Historical disaster statistics,  March 2012, website viewed 23 May 2012
Sally Leivesley, ‘Toowoomba: victims and helpers in an Australian hailstorm disaster,’ Disasters: International Journal of Disaster Studies and Practice, vol. 1, no. 3, 1977, pp. 205-216