They don’t call this time of year storm season for nothing
AT the time of writing this column the power was still out to my home and 2,000 to 3,000 others across the Northern Rivers.
Sunday afternoon's super cell storm did a considerable amount of damage in a short space of time.
Worst affected was Lismore Base Hospital's maternity unit where the occupants had to be evacuated after debris from the nearby work site fell and caused water inundation.
I've now experienced quite a few storms on the Northern Rivers, including the tail end of a couple of cyclones, but this one was particularly nasty.
It cut a swathe through Casino, Lismore, Bexhill, Clunes, Eureka and beyond to other parts of Byron Shire.
It dumped 53mm of rain in 30 minutes at Belongil, produced hail that was 5cm in diameter and 87km/h winds were clocked.
Despite the cyclone rating on my house I swear the roof sheeting was moving and trees were almost bent over double.
The wind also swirled around and came in different directions, blowing horizontal sheets of rain into my home and away from my home at different stages.
The lightning was also unbelievable. It went downwards, sideways and then moved out to sea and hung around for much of the night.
Aside from all of this was the noise which at times sounded like a jet.
As soon as the storm lifted the sounds of generators being started and chainsaws in use wafted over the neighbourhood.
They don't call this time of year storm season for nothing.