Golf ball sized hail stones reported, homes lose power
HAIL the size of golf balls has fallen in areas such as Rappville, Yamba and now Lismore as the storm hits the Northern Rivers.
Hail approximately 4cm and above has been reported.
In Coraki 55mm of rain fell from two separate storm cells which hit here within 20 mins of each other.
Hail got up to cricket ball size from the first cell, according to resident Russell O'keefe.
"It hailed for around 20 minutes," he said.
"The second cell only had hail the size of 20 cent pieces but there was much more hail for about 15 minutes."
ESSENTIAL ENERGY is reporting on its website that 146 customers are without power near Leeville.
The power went out about 4.42pm and still no word on when it will be back on.
THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for the Northern Rivers including Lismore, Grafton and as far west as Tenterfield.
It warns the thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 5:25 pm.
INITIAL: HOLD on to your weather hats, get out the camera or prepare your spot under the bed, depending on whether you like storms or not.
Predictions for a thunderstorm across the Northern Rivers are looking good (or bad, if you are not a storm lover) for later in the day.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a 60% chance of showers with a thunderstorm likely this afternoon and evening.
Daytime maximum temperatures 30 to 35.
Independent weather watchers North Coast Storm Chasers have stated on their Facebook page that unstable air with moist conditions in the upper levels of the atmosphere are a recipe for a good sized storm.
"We also have good to great wind shear which can, and does, assist with severe storm development and to build the structure," they wrote.
Predictions of areas that could be affected, according to the chasers, include:
- Evans Head
- Coffs Harbour
Storm activity could include very large hail, damaging / possibly destructive winds, flash flooding and frequent lightning.