Hail, outages, localised flooding and building damage
OUTAGES are still occurring in the Northern Rivers with areas north of Lismore, south of Lismore and as far north as Byron Bay and Pottsville affected.
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The BOM is reporting 53mm of rain fell in 30 minutes at Belongil Creek between 5.10pm and 5.40pm.
Hail of 4cm and 5cm diameter was reported at Lismore and Tatham around 4:30pm.
43mm of rain fell in 30 minutes at Repentance (Coopers Creek in Northern Rivers) between 4:30pm and 5pm.
RAIN and storms have provided plenty of drama across with Northern Rivers with localised flooding and a building collapse.
Felicity Wilde of Riley's Hill took photos of her backyard as it filled quickly in a five minute torrential downpour.
"Five minutes worth of rain and we're under water, crazy." she said.
There were also reports of heavy downfalls in Broadwater and hail at Coraki and Brooklet.
Hail in Brooklet
The Lismore Base Hospital suffered damage when it was struck by lightning, causing the maternity ward to collapse.
There were 17 people evacuated but only minor injuries.
UPDATE: The Bureau of Meteorology has updated their thunderstorm warning to include destructive winds as storms continue across the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands region.
The update was issued at 3.42pm.
INITIAL: TODAY'S muggy conditions have finally given way to a number of thunderstorms across the north east corner of New South Wales.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a thunderstorm warning at 1.43pm for for large hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging winds.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree and Tenterfield.
Some of these thunderstorms may produce giant hailstones (diameter greater than 5cm). In particular, locations near Bellingen may experience giant hailstones in the next hour.
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 4:45 pm.