STORM WARNING: Hail and damaging winds for Lismore, Ballina
Update 8pm: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning, with damaging winds and large hailstones, for parts of the Northern Rivers.
Affected areas include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Tenterfield, Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Yamba, Maclean, Woolgoolga, Sawtell and Dorrigo.
The same storm system produced 4cm hail (golfball-sized) at Narrabri around 3.20pm and 3cm hail at Armidale around 4.20pm. On top of that, 89 km/h gusts were recorded at Port Macquarie and 91 km/h gusts were recorded at Kempsey.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony
- Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences
- Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill
- Unplug computers and appliances
- Avoid using the phone during the storm
- Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 10.05 pm.
Original story 1.15pm: MANY residents are still cleaning up after last night's wild weather, but more storms are expected to hit the region this afternoon and tonight.
North Coast Storm Chasers weather forecaster Antionio Parancin said it was likely to be a "big day of storms".
"Large hailstones, damaging winds, flash flooding, frequent lightning and isolated supercells are all possible today as well as a squall line (huge line of storms)," he posted on his Facebook page.
"Today thunderstorms are once more expected in a very widespread area due to many factors such as a developing and deepening low, cold front and trough systems."
Mr Parancin said conditions were favourable for more supercells, which he said were thunderstorms that become very severe.
"In fact last week we had multiple supercells and yesterday was also a day filled with supercells delivering tennis ball sized hail to places like Wollongbar," he said.
"Storms will be moving super fast today so any that you get, including supercells, will be hard, fast and furious, but quick to pass."