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By CRAIG McTEAR

DON'T put away your brollies yet ? more unsettled weather is on the menu for the Coffs Harbour region this week.

While the rain is welcome, it's hoped we'll be spared destructive storms like the one which tore through Crossmaglen, Bonville and Boambee on Monday afternoon.

The 'mini-cyclone' was characterised by strong winds and hail which brought down trees and powerlines and unroofed at least one Bonville house.

The Coffs Harbour SES, Country Energy and the city council were run ragged responding to calls for help all afternoon.

A large tree came crashing down at North Bonville Road as well as powerlines at Yarraman Road at Bonville and Moodys Road at Crossmaglen.

The SES, with the help of neighbours, moved furniture and secured tarpaulins after a roof was torn from a house in Yarraman Road.

They also repaired roof tiles and secured plastic at a nearby house.

Meanwhile, at Boambee's Playford Avenue, a veranda awning collapsed under the weight of hail, requiring a tarpaulin from the SES.

From 2pm on Monday to 2pm yesterday, the SES recorded 39mm of rain at Perry Drive in Coffs Harbour.

Weather observer at the Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology, Greg Crow, said Monday's storm cell was part of a slow-moving trough of low pressure over the far northern NSW coast, with a high pressure system in the eastern bight moving up behind it.

Today's Coffs Harbour forecast is for isolated showers and the chance of an afternoon thunderstorm north of the city.

Cloud is expected to increase tomorrow with the possibility of late rain and the temperature is expected to be mild to warm.

On Friday, another low pressure trough should pass through, bringing rain and isolated thunderstorms.

Winds are expected from the north-west at 10 to 20 knots at first, turning south-west to south-east at 15 to 20 knots after the change.



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