The Lennox Head tornado pictured tearing through the town on June 3, 2010.
The Lennox Head tornado pictured tearing through the town on June 3, 2010. Contributed

WE WERE THERE: The tornado that devastated Lennox Head

WE WERE THERE is a series that revisits The Northern Star's in-depth coverage of the major events that have shaped the Northern Rivers over the past 20 years. Today, we look back at the paper's coverage of the Lennox Head tornado in 2010.

WHEN a tornado ripped through Lennox Head about 7.30am on June 3, 2010, The Northern Star quickly had a reporter and a photographer on the scene.

Malcolm Tester

Within an hour the Star had photographs, footage and first-hand accounts from the devastated village.

We walked the streets and spoke to locals, who described hiding in their bathrooms as the tornado hit with a "huge, roaring sound".

Our website was continually updated with new information.

The village suffered major damage that day.

The waterspout sweeps through the town of Lennox Head.
The waterspout sweeps through the town of Lennox Head. Ross Tuckerman

We were there during the huge and expensive task of cleaning up, which involved specialist asbestos workers.

Then NSW Premier, Kristina Kenneally, flew to Lennox Head to inspect the damage and declare the region a natural disaster zone.

But The Northern Star also reported on the strong community spirit. Neighbours cooked for each other and charities offered food and accommodation for those affected by the tornado.

The waterspout off Lennox Head.
The waterspout off Lennox Head. David Shaw

Grab tomorrow's paper to see how we covered the Alstonville community's long battle to secure a bypass, and its ultimate victory.



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