Grafton smashed with hail, moving down river
AND that's the end of that, Grafton.
Grafton was just smashed by hailstones - nowhere near the size of those hitting Corindi/Red Rock area - but still very heavy and loud.
The BOM radar suggests it's on its way down river, heading towards Maclean and Yamba.
12.30pm: THE Northern Rivers should brace for severe thunderstorms this afternoon if the wild weather continues to move north.
Corindi is already copping giant hailstones, thunder, lightning and damaging winds.
The DEX has reports of shredded and broken trees near Red Rock.
The radar shows storm cells near Buccarumbi, heading towards Grafton.
This is from the BOM site:
Issued at 11:58 am Thursday, 17 September 2015.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Cessnock and Maitland.
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 clear of fallen power lines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* 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 3pm.