Coffs takes a stormy battering

INDOORS was the best place to be on Wednesday night when a wild storm lashed the Coffs Coast.

Driving rain, wind, thunder, lightning and even hail tore through the district, putting our emergency personnel on the front foot.

Coffs Harbour City Council crews were called to Korora to remove trees which had fallen on the road at James Small Drive and Old Coast Road, while SES workers in Coffs Harbour were needed to fix a leaking roof in Kurrajong Street and to repair roof sheeting on a business in Orlando Street.

About 160 households at Korora, Moonee Beach and Sapphire Beach were in the dark for up to six hours as Country Energy crews worked to restore power, while hail the size of golf balls was reported at Dorrigo.

Kororo Public School's presentation assembly was in full swing when the tempest roared in, forcing students, their teachers and parents to scramble for cover.

The bucketing, which flooded the middle quadrangle, forced the postponement of the big event until yesterday morning.

The storm was the culmination of the hottest day in Coffs Harbour so far this summer, with a top of 33.3 degrees.

Coffs Harbour's Bureau of Meteorology recorded 13.6mm at the height of the storm, and the forecast is for more rain.

The outlook today is for scattered showers increasing to rain, with locally heavy falls possible. We will most likely have freshening east to northeast winds and a temperature range of 18 to 24.

Rain contracting to the north and clearing is on the cards for tomorrow, with north to northwest winds and temperatures of 19 to 28.

Sunday, however, should be fine.

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