A 1,000-bolt start to the storm season
UPDATE: A SECOND thunderstorm has passed over the region this afternoon in what has been a 12-hour period heralding the start of the East Coast storm season.
Last night's lightning show saw more than 1,000 strokes recorded by lightning.map.org at the North Coast-based monitoring station.
The rain came hard and heavy with the Coffs Coast receiving between 25-40mm in parts and Dorrigo between 10-15mm.
After today's 30-degree heat, temperatures are set to return to spring normality on Friday with the bureau forecasting a 5% chance of 1mm of rain and a daytime maximum of 23 degrees.
This week's storms eventuated after insurer the NRMA and the State Emergency Service warned people on the Mid North Coast to prepare their properties for the storm season, which will run through until March.
Here's a map showing how widespread Wednesday night's thunderstorm was across NSW and QLD.
EARLIER: IF you've left your car outdoors or near large trees, now is the time to duck out and move it after a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Mid North Coast.
Large hailstones and damaging wind are expected to hit the area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Armidale, Tenterfield and Dorrigo.
SES severe thunderstorm advice:
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
- Keep at least eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
- Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
- 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.