Storm front approaching Lismore Heights

'Severe thunderstorm' fizzles out with a flash

UPDATE 7.54pm: WELL, it certainly looked the part, but apart from some isolated patches of heavy rain, tonight's thunderstorm appears to have been a lot of froth and bubble.

The storm chasers at the Northern Rivers Severe Weather Group reported some heavy rain south of Casino earlier this evening, along with lightning strikes around Whiporie from "nasty looking" clouds.

However, comments on the Severe Weather Group page and The Northern Star's own Facebook page suggest most people's experience of the storm has been a bit of a light show with, maybe, a pattering of rain.

"Sick of the clouds being all talk no action we only want the RAIN not the drama of thunder and lightening thanks Mother Earth," commented Carol Young.

From Cowper to Tweed Heads, the comments coming in all suggested the same thing - plenty of thunder of lightning and some sinister clouds, but little to no rain, which is unfortunate given Rocky Creek Dam is currently down to 84% capacity at a time of year when regular afternoon storms should be topping it up.

The severe weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology remains in place and is due to be updated just after 8.30pm.

Maybe next time...

Original report

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers with large hailstones and damaging winds forecast for Lismore, Grafton, Maclean and Dorrigo.

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.

* 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.

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