UPDATE, 9.20am:

A PAIR of 60-year-old pine trees at Gardner Lane in Kyogle were spectacularly set alight after been struck by lightning during yesterday's wild storms.

Bundock St resident Travis Warren said he heard "one loud bang" when lightning struck about 3.30pm, on Saturday.

"I came out the back veranda and I thought it hit a tree in my yard.

"I looked out and there was heaps of smoke down the road, I could see the pine trees on fire.

"I'm on call for the water reticulation in town so I went down there and made sure the fire hydrant was operational and ready to go for when the firies turned up.

"The wind was blowing towards the house and the downpipes were starting to melt and windows were starting to smash, it was a pretty intense fire.

"Then the wind turned away from the house and the firies turned up.

"It was a good response from the firies, it was well under ten minutes, possibly five.

"The house was saved.

"The trees were only five metres off the house, it would have been pretty hot."

Pines set alight by lightning at Kyogle. By Travis Warren.
Pines set alight by lightning at Kyogle. By Travis Warren.

 

 

UPDATE, 2:43pm:

Severe thunderstorm warning update at 2:43 pm for destructive winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall for people in the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Northern Tablelands and parts of the North West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Tenterfield, Sawtell and Dorrigo.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the Mid North Coast, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell and Moree.

 

INITIAL REPORT, 1:20pm: 

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers, including for large hail stones and damaging winds.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning at 1:20 pm on Saturday, predicting severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Armidale and Tenterfield.

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 at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.

* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.

* 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 4:10 pm.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.

"Then the wind turned away from the house and the firies turned up.

"It was a good response from the firies, it was well under ten minutes, possibly five.

"The house was saved.

"The trees were only five metres off the house, it would have been pretty hot."

Weather warnings are in place for these areas on the Northern Rivers.
Weather warnings are in place for these areas on the Northern Rivers.


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