WE WERE THERE: 2012 Woodburn storm
A FIERCE storm ripped through Woodburn - taking roofs, trees and half a house with it - late at night on November 19, 2012.
The damage was widespread and the wind's force was enough to rip 60cm- wide trees in half, like snapping a toothpick.
The wind speed at the height of the storm was estimated at more than 150km an hour, and there was torrential rain too.
Visibility for drivers fell to about two metres because water was falling so heavily.
The storm covered the Northern Rivers but a visit to Woodburn confirmed the small riverside town had taken the brunt of it.
Cars were smashed by flying debris including fences and roofs.
The wind was strong enough to dislodge a 200kg gas bottle secured in concrete at the town's bowls club.
The club also lost a shed, and its greens were ripped apart by debris.
Despite the damage the club vowed to get back in business within a week.
One family lost half of their house. The timber home was ripped apart and looked like an oversize dolls house, with all its contents on show.