Hailstones the size of golf balls threaten to ruin Halloween
SHORT, sharp vicious storms, delivering torrential horizontal ran and golf ball sized hail stones have ripped through the Northern Rivers on Saturday.
Black clouds descended from nowhere over Byron Shire and other parts of the Northern Rivers as the predicted dangerous thunderstorms rolled through.
With gusty wind driving rain horizontally into property, it certainly put a dampener on Halloween celebrations.
In Federal, hail stones crashed off tin roofs in an orchestra of sound which also included thunder and lightning.
Gusts of wind over 50kp/h were recorded in several parts of the Northern Rivers and the rain bucketed down in short bursts.
The heavy weather circled around and returned several times, moving from blanketing rain to bright sunshine in a matter of minutes.
In the Tweed, a large tree fell down on Bilambil Rd in Banora Point bringing with it about 500m of power lines about 4.10pm.
The road closed in both directions as fire crews work to render the area safe and reopen the road.
According to Essential Energy, 1890 customer are without power in an area from Bilambil Heights, Terranorra to Carool and about 505 houses are without power in the Tumbulgum area for an unknown reason since about 3.30pm.
About 2126 homes are without power in the Kingscliff area due to down powerlines since about 4.30.
Energy crews are also investigating why about 130 customers in Fingal Head have been without power since 12pm.