North Coast Storm Chasers took this lightning photo at Ballina.
North Coast Storm Chasers took this lightning photo at Ballina. Antonio Parancin

SES respond to 44 storm callouts

Tuesday 10.57am: RICHMOND Tweed Region State Emergency Services reported 44 jobs in last 24 hours.

SES community engagement coordinator Janet Pettit said Ballina bore the brunt of the Northern Rivers damage.

"Ballina had the most with 14 jobs, Kyogle and Lismore had seven and Mullumbimby had six calls for assistance," she said.

"Tregeagle Primary school had some skylight damage and the other jobs were related to trees on roofs and tree branches and debris across roads."

Ms Pettit said according to the Bureau of Meteorology, the rainfall in the last 24 hours saw Rappvillle with 19mm, Bray Park and Kyogle had 10mm.

"Lismore Airport had 9.4mm," she said.

"Our  message today is to take care whilst driving today as there is a still a lot of tree branches and debris on roads".

 

Tuesday 6.25am: STORMS rolled through the Northern Rivers last night, but thankfully they were not as intense as those on Sunday night.

North Coast Storm Chasers forecaster, Antonio Parancin, took these spectacular photos of lightning bolts at the Ballina lookout.

North Coast Storm Chasers took this lightning photo at Ballina.
North Coast Storm Chasers took this lightning photo at Ballina. Antonio Parancin

"Fast and furious storm swept through Ballina ... and I managed to steady my camera on my dash and get these few good bolts at the lookout as the storm moved out at sea," he said.

"For a 'wipers on and car vibrating' job, it did alright."

Meanwhile, hundreds of homes are still without power across the region.

Essential Energy says there are about 500 customers affected in the Tabulam and Drake areas, with another 57 customers at Leeville, 75 at New Italy, 52 around Tucki Tucki, 26 near Broadwater and 28 near Nashua.

North Coast Storm Chasers took this lightning photo at Ballina.
North Coast Storm Chasers took this lightning photo at Ballina. Antonio Parancin


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