Damage to Coraki homes and council depot
WHAT we know so far:
- A large area of the Northern Rivers is without power as seen on the map below
- Multiple road closures and reports of trees down on roads
- Seven children rescued from school bus on Myall Creek Road
- Coraki homes have lost roofs and trees down
- Council depot sheds have been damaged
- Car at Bexhill was flipped on its roof
- Tree fallen on car on the Bruxner Highway at Alstonville
- Two car crash at Alphadale on Bruxner Highway.
- Wind gust of 117.5km recorded at Casino airport.
Road Closures and areas with trees down have been reported by SES controller for Woodburn, Jim McCormack.
- Springvale Road
- Myall Creek Road in places
- Coraki/Ellangowan Road
- Tucki Road at Tuckarimba
- Riley's Hill Road
- Swan Bay/New Italy Road
REPORTS of damage at Coraki including roofs off houses and damage to the council depot are coming in.
Rural Fire Services inspector Helen Carlos has advised that new sheds at the council depot have blown in and three to four houses in Coraki have lost their roofs.
"There are also multiple trees down on Sheehans and Wyrallah Roads as well as at Dungarubba Road on the way to Broadwater," she said.
"We also had a wind gust of 117.5km here at the Rural Fire Centre building at Casino airport.
"The whole building shook I can tell you that."
This video was created this afternoon at around 5pm as the storm rolled in over Lismore, bringing with it plenty of wind and rain.
The storm has hit the Northern Rivers and here are a couple of photos taken outside the Media Centre at Goonellabah as it rolled in.
Just thought we'd add a picture from the BOM of the radar to show what is coming our way.
THE BOM has now updated their severe storm warning to include the Northern Rivers specifically Grafton, Tenterfield, Inverell, Moree, Casino and Kyogle for destructive wind, large hailstones and heavy rainfall.
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 clear of fallen power lines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* 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 6:10 pm.
INITIAL: WHILE predictions of storm cells and 'super cells' with the possibility of tornadoes have been made for Queensland (read story here), NSW may also see it's share of bad weather.
Bureau of Meteorology's Zach Porter said a Severe Storm Warning has already been issued for areas west of the ranges but that doesn't mean the Northern Rivers can be ruled out.
"We are forecasting likely storms today as it's quite unsettled over the eastern half of the state," he said.
"It's a pretty active day. Looking on the radar (the Northern Rivers) is fine but the next few hours could turn bad."
Mr Porter said there was still the possibility of storms around tomorrow although Sunday is expected to see less activity.
"By Sunday we should be back to isolated showers and storms," he said.
"However, these next two days (today and Saturday) are the biggest outbreak of storm weather we have had in the last month."
Mr Porter said the storms were caused by a dominating low pressure trough over the eastern half of NSW and this is assisted by an upper level low moving into the western part of the state.
"There is very humid air moving from the tropics being fed into that low pressure trough and that's how these storms are resulting."