Sawtell, Toormina, Boambee East hammered by hailstones

DUCKING FOR COVER: The BOM recorded 50mm of rain in Coffs Harbour between 3.30pm and 5pm.
DUCKING FOR COVER: The BOM recorded 50mm of rain in Coffs Harbour between 3.30pm and 5pm. Rob Wright

HAILSTONES reported to be as large as golf balls have left a trail of damage across Toormina, Sawtell and Boambee East this afternoon.

A massive storm front rolled over the range and struck with awesome power just before 4pm.

Early reports indicate Boambee East, Toormina, Sawtell, Mylestom and Urunga have copped the hail, while heavy rain and deafening clashes of thunder rolled over the rest of the Coffs Coast.

Lightning strikes caused power outages in the worst affected areas and even reportedly sparked grass fires. 

There were initial reports of flash flooding between Sawtell and Coffs Harbour around 4.05pm yet a break in the rain allowed the roadway to clear.

A check of the rain figures at 5pm indicated that 50mm of rain fell in just an hour and a half. 

At the height of the storm police reported trees were down blocking Lyons Rd, the off-ramp linking the Pacific Hwy and along Bruce King Dr.

Gale force winds gusts of 83km/h were recorded at the Bureau of Meterology's Coffs Harbour base between 3.49pm and 3.51pm.

In issuing a thunderstorm and flash flooding warning this afternoon, the bureau forecast between 40mm and 80mm of rain over the next 12 hours. 

It warned that severe thunderstorms could produce hail greater than 2cm in size.

Already some pretty spectacular shots are doing the rounds on social media. 

Send us your storm shots for publication in Wednesday's Coffs Coast Advocate.

Email editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

CLOSING IN: The storm front rolled off the Dorrigo plateau on a collision course with Boambee East, Toormina and Sawtell just before 4pm.
CLOSING IN: The storm front rolled off the Dorrigo plateau on a collision course with Boambee East, Toormina and Sawtell just before 4pm. Rob Wright


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