HAIL, WIND, RAIN: Intense storms lash the Northern Rivers
UPDATE, 3.35pm: SEVERE storms are lashing parts of the Northern Rivers, with reports of hail in some areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued an updated warning just before 3pm, saying residents could expect storms with large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall.
A storm hit Lismore, with some small hail, while there's another storm cell further north, around the Ocean Shores area.
Murwillumbah copped lots of rain, thunder and lightning.
There have been reports of hail in the Grafton area, where another storm has hit.
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UPDATE, 1.55pm: AN UPDATED warning has been issued the Bureau of Meteorology for severe storms on the Northern Rivers.
BoM says the storms are likely to produce large hailstones over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree and Armidale.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover.
- Unplug computers and appliances.
- Avoid using the phone during the storm.
- Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
- Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.
Original story: THE Northern Rivers is on high alert for severe storms again today.
Just after 12.30pm, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning, with the potential for large hailstones, for parts of the region.
Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Armidale, Tenterfield, Tamworth, Kyogle and Dorrigo.
A further update is expected by 3.30pm.
Weatherwatch meteorologist Anthony Cornelius posted on his Facebook page about the possibility of large hail for north-east NSW this afternoon.
"Today is a bit of a 'knife-edge' setup, but I'm going to put it (Northern NSW) out there as a place to watch over the coming hours for some potentially very large hail and an isolated supercell or two today if things can go right," he wrote.
Mr Cornelius said the storms were most likely to develop in the early afternoon, and "could become quite nasty".
"Any storm is likely to produce hail - with a few storms potentially bringing very large or giant hail if they can come together," he wrote.