Storm pelts Coffs Coast

HAIL as big as tennis balls pelted cars and houses as thunderstorms tore through parts of the Coffs Coast yesterday afternoon.

The Coffs Harbour City SES was called to repair shattered skylights and damaged roofs on at least 11 houses at Moonee Beach and Emerald Beach as a result of the deluge.

And more calls for help were expected to come in as people returned home from work last night.

Damage was also reported to a number of houses at Upper Orara, and work crews were called out to clear a tree which had fallen across Mount Browne Road also in the Orara Valley.

Bellingen Shire Council's Raleigh depot also needed some urgent attention when hail smashed several skylights.

Brad Atkinson, 18, told The Coffs Coast Advocate the hail had pierced several large holes in the fibreglass roof of his family's garage at Moonee Beach Road.Coffs Storm.

He was at a nearby mate's place helping his friend move his car under shelter when the hail came down in a loud roar.

The Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology recorded 12.4mm of rain as a result of the first storm which passed through, but even more had tumbled down by the late afternoon and early evening.

The forecast today is for scattered showers and gusty south to southeast winds, strengthening on the coast. • DID you take any pictures of the hail damage? We'd like to hear from you. Email us your pictures to editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au.



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