A fallen tree is cleared from a house at Mullumbimby. The effect of Thursday's storms were widespread.
A fallen tree is cleared from a house at Mullumbimby. The effect of Thursday's storms were widespread. Northern Star

Shire’s trees fall victim to Thursday's big storm

TWO Suffolk Park homes escaped any serious damage when a 30-year-old banksia tree collapsed during the fury of Thursday’s storm.

Byron Bay Tree Services was were called to a house in at Alcorn Street when neighbours noticed the tree hanging over the fence between the two houseshomes, the end of it resting precariously on a roof corner of one of the homes’s roof corner.

A crane was used to remove the tree safely without damaging either house.

The Company spokesman Ben Shannon said he believed the tree was already weakened and rotting when the storm force of the wind gave it a final shove.

“Dead foliage up the top was probably caused by vines which can weaken a tree,” said the tree surgeon.

“A weakened tree is a lot more prone to pest and disease and decay entry and this house was probably built after the tree, so there could have been a bit of root damage as well.”

The owners of both houses, vacant at the time, were not available for comment, but Mr Shannon said it was lucky no one was home or in the yard when the tree snapped at the base.

Noel McAviney, a local controller for the Byron Shire SES, said the service had attended 40 call-outs on Friday as a result of the storm and they were all tree-related jobs, with at least four of them trees on or near power lines.

“We had the NSW Fire Brigade, Rural Fire Service and SES and we were working until about 11pm on Thursday,” he said.

“The jobs were all over the place – in Goonengerry, Friday Hut Road, Binna Burra, Mullumbimby, Ocean Shores – and we had massive trees fall on the highway near Bangalow.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast more thunderstorms for today, (sat) but is are nothing expecting anything as severe as what hit the area on Thursday.

“A big line of storms rolled through which extended all the way up into Queensland,” said meteorologist Simon Louis.

“We got quite a few damaging wind gusts – 74km per hour in Lismore, 82km per hour in Byron,” meteorologist Simon Louis said.

“It’s just been quite a humid patch of weather in the last week or so, which is quite conducive to big storms developing.”

“When storms develop in a line like that they can get a lot of mix down winds from the mid levels of the atmosphere. They drag the wind down.”


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