Hail misses Port but hits Coffs

Port Macquarie escaped largely unscathed after an Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology warning forsevere thunderstorms, damaging wind and hail stones this afternoon.
Nanjing Night Net

WHILE the Hastings didn’t quite cop the drenching that was forecast for the area over the weekend, there is still a strong possibility of heavier rain on Tuesday.

Port Macquarie can expect between 25 and 50 millimetres in the current 48-hour period.

Thew hailstones fell further north ion the Coffs Harbour region.

News sites indicate atrail of damage across Toormina, Sawtell and Boambee.

Early reports indicate Boambee East, Toormina, Sawtell, Mylestom and Urunga have copped the hail, while heavy rain and deafening clashes of thunder rolled over the rest of the Coffs Coast.

The lightning caused power failures in some parts of the Coffs Coast region.

Weatherzone has issued the following forecasts for the next 48 hours:

Wednesday- Partly cloudy. The chance of showers. Isolated thunderstorms, mainly in the north. Light winds becoming NW 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then tending NW/NE in the late afternoon.

Farmers and firefighters in the area waited for the rain to hit on Saturday but it didn’t come.

In some cases the storm cells hit with lightning strikes and no rain which made things more difficult for Kempsey’s Rural fire fighters who were already battling blazes in their area.

A weatherzone spokesman said the cooler weather and showersshould continue well into the week with rainfall dropping off from late Tuesday.

Lightning strikes at the weekend. Pic Matt McLennan

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