STORM SLAMS CITY
By ADAM HICKS
IN FIVE minutes of fury a wild hail storm ripped through Lismore and surrounding areas yesterday, tearing off roofs and bringing down trees and powerlines.
Winds reached up to 100km/h as marble-sized hail lashed the city.
A giant pine tree was sent crashing onto the slanted roof of the Lismore Transit Centre, inflicting major structural damage.
The entire corrugated roof at the Comfort Inn Centrepoint Motel, across the road from Lismore Fire Station, peeled off to expose the insulation underneath. The eight-metre wide sheet was left dangling uselessly above the footpath.
In Lismore Heights, a tree fell on a moving car on Rotary Drive, with a branch spearing between the driver and passenger. A caravan canopy was thrown more than 400 metres at Wollongbar.
Amazingly, no-one had been reported hurt after the fury had subsided.