Super-cell storm seen on beach horizon
AN off-shore storm that up-anchored a 20 foot cabin cruiser and left it stranded on Main Beach in Byron could be a taste of things to come with a super-cell storm brewing up north and treacherous seas forecast for this weekend.
The owner of the boat, Michael Hadlow, was told it had run aground Friday morning and was waiting for excavators to arrive to drag the boat further up the beach prior to it being sling-lifted by crane onto transport and taken to Ballina slipway to for assessment and repair.
"We were anchored up about a kilometre and a half out sheltering from heavy weather we had run into over the last four days," he said.
"We were expecting the weather to abate today but the boat broke anchor last night and it wound up on the beach.
"We have been up at Horizon Shores moving around those waterways for the last 12 months and we were on our way down to Ballina and then eventually to Newcastle."
Marine Rescue NSW Evans Head unit commander Karin Brown said attempting to cross either the Ballina or Evans Head bar this weekend would be extremely dangerous.
She said swells of up to three metres and winds of 30 knots were predicted and anyone heading out to sea, particularly over the bars, was not only putting themselves at risk, but potentially the lives of anyone who may attempt to rescue them.
"With this strong cell that's coming down from the north, it's advisable that boats don't go out to sea," Ms Brown said.
"The bars are going to be (dangerous) but you certainly wouldn't want to be going out in 30 knot winds."
Yesterday Bureau of Meteorology's Zach Porter said a Severe Storm Warning had been issued for areas west of the ranges but that didn't mean the Northern Rivers was out of the woods.
"We are forecasting likely storms today as it's quite unsettled over the eastern half of the state," he said.
"However, these next two days (Friday and today) are the biggest outbreak of storm weather we have had in the last month."
Mr Porter said the storms were caused by a dominating low pressure trough over the eastern half of NSW and this is assisted by an upper level low moving into the western part of the state.
"There is very humid air moving from the tropics being fed into that low pressure trough and that's what's resulting in these storms."