Wild winds blast coast
BATTEN down and hope for the best ? that was how Coffs Coast residents spent Tuesday night when strong southerly winds howled through the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology at Coffs Harbour Airport registered the first gusts just after 8pm when winds averaged 41- knots and the maximum gust reached 51 knots.
They were racing through at between 35 and 40 knots yesterday but are expected to ease later today.
Bureau observer Tim Edwards said the outlook for tomorrow and Saturday was looking good, with fine and partly cloudy conditions and east to north-east winds.
SES crews responded to several calls for help in the area on Tuesday night.
Coffs Harbour SES duty officer Peter Saunders said crews were called to Brodie Drive when a tree fell onto a house.
While there were no injuries, volunteers cleaned up at the site and removed the tree.
A motorist also contacted the SES after a tree came down on the Pacific Highway at Pine Creek. RTA crews were called in to clean up.
The Corindi SES was mobilised when a roof was blown off a garage at Woolgoolga, while Mount Browne Road at Mount Browne was closed when a tree came down.
Nambucca SES local controller Barry Swan said SES personnel swung into action at Nambucca Heads and Macksville when two awnings were ripped from houses.
Bellingen SES unit controller Toby Cuthel reported no call-outs on Tuesday night.
"There wasn't much wind in Bellingen, but it's a bit windy and cold in Dorrigo today," Mr Cuthel said yesterday.