Locals urged to stay indoors during severe weather
THE surfer who was struck by lightning on Sunday morning was still in a critical but stable condition at Tweed Hospital last night.
Believed to be in his 30s, the man was struck while surfing at Tallow Beach in Suffolk Park.
Residents told the Sydney Morning Herald he was a German tourist.
Surf Safe Byron has taken the opportunity to remind people to stay safe during storms.
They posted on their Facebook page: "We all hope the 30-year-old surfer that was struck by lightning in the surf yesterday ... will make a full recovery," the post stated.
"Please be aware of the conditions now that the storm season is here and don't try and catch that 'just one more wave' before getting somewhere safe if you hear thunder or see a storm approaching."
NSW SES community engagement coordinator Janet Pettit said it was best to stay inside during severe weather.
"If outdoors try to seek cover away from drains, gutters and powerlines," she said.
Over a 24-hour period from 9am Sunday, the Byron Shire had 67mm of rain.
Tweed Heads recorded the highest rainfall on the Far North Coast - 111mm.
Lismore and Ballina received 30mm and 36mm respectively.
For emergency help in a flood, storm or tsunami call the SES hotline on 132 500.