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NSW SES crews respond to storm jobs in northern New South Wales

18 November 2012, 11:16AM AET

NSW SES crews are currently in the field in northern New South Wales, responding to more than 120 jobs after last night's severe thunderstorms. The majority of jobs relate to roof damage and trees down and have centred around the area of Woodburn, west of Ballina.

Wind gusts of up to 100kmh were reported yesterday and one home at Woodburn collapsed as a result of the severe weather. Small hail was reported in this area and also further west of the state at Inverell and at Bingara where the roof of the Touriandi Lodge Retirement Village was partially damaged. Heavy rain at Coffs Harbour resulted in flash flooding along the Pacific Highway near Woolgoolga.

Trees and powerlines were brought down across several roads along the north coast, causing traffic hazards for motorists. For more information on affected roads go to Livetraffic.com . Several power outages have also been reported in the area.

While the weather has eased for now, advice from the Bureau of Meteorology suggests more thunderstorm activity could eventuate in the north-east and south-east of the state this afternoon.

The NSW SES is urging residents in these areas to:

  • Move vehicles undercover or away from trees and powerlines
  • Secure or put away loose items around the yard and balcony
  • Stay indoors and unplug electrical items
  • Keep clear of fallen trees and powerlines
  • Listen to local radio stations for updated information and advice
  • For emergency help in a storm call the NSW SES on 132 500

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