It's only natural but damage bill is in thousands

THREE Woolgoolga businesses felt singled out last week by very random forces of nature.

A freak storm that hit Woolgoolga last Wednesday at approximately 3.50pm tore off Woolgoolga Fruit and Veg's awning and blew it into an alley 20 metres behind the store; damaged Tango Fruit Bar's awning to the point it had to be torn down in the interest of safety; and damaged $3000 worth of XS Surf stock.

The storm lasted barely three minutes according to Tango Bar owner Todd Carter, but it lasted long enough to cause the thousands of dollars worth of damage.

The scene was cordoned off by the Woolgoolga Fire Brigade and the Corindi SES unit was also in attendance.

Woolgoolga Fruit and Veg owner Iqbal Grewal said the store's awning being ripped of its brackets made a 'clicking' sound and was nothing compared to the sound of chairs and umbrellas from a nearby café being blown down the road as if they were matchstick furniture.

Todd Carter, owner of the Tango Bar, said the storm caught the Beach Street businesses by surprise.

“It came so fast, so quickly. You could see it coming, it looked a little bit grey and then all of a sudden there were chairs flying past the shop,” Todd said.

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