Woodburn Motel manager Belinda Feeney, who is eight months pregnant, with her children Maiya and Sylvan.
Woodburn Motel manager Belinda Feeney, who is eight months pregnant, with her children Maiya and Sylvan. DOUG EATON

Violent storm hits region

BELINDA FEENEY played Snap with her children during the height of Wednesday night’s storm to keep them calm.

Earlier the eight-months pregnant mother had been mowing the lawn.

“I heard this terrible noise down the street and came in and could see that there were little bits of hail everywhere,” the Woodburn Motel manager. said “I tried to close the office doors and it was hard because of the pressure against them from the wind.”

While the motel had little damage, Mrs Feeney spent yesterday mopping water from all 10 rooms and picking up tree debris.

The storm lashed the region for less than 30 minutes from 6.30pm but was followed by a second storm.

The SES attended 14 jobs in Lismore and four in Woodburn, mostly for fallen trees and some roof damage.

Country Energy reported several trees on power lines and lightning strikes to transformers which left 3600 homes without power for a few hours in Woodburn and Evans Head.

There also were other areas without power. The Cape Byron Lighthouse lost power after a power controller was damaged by a possible lightning strike.


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