Wauchope escapes fierce ice storms and heavy rain

Photo of a hail stone from Upper Rollands Plains taken by Phillip Wilson.

Photo of a hail stone from Upper Rollands Plains taken by Phillip Wilson.

Wauchope was spared the worst of it but an intense storm cell has caused havoc across some parts of the Mid North Coast.

The system moved north along the coast from about 2.30pm on November 7, intensifying inland west of Wauchope and north at Kundabung and Kempsey.

There was plenty of water in it but most of it was frozen. Rollands Plains recorded 20mm of rain while Kempsey had a 13mm downfall, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Photo of a hail stones from Upper Rollands Plains taken by Phillip Wilson.

Photo of a hail stones from Upper Rollands Plains taken by Phillip Wilson.

There have been reports of palm sized hail stones pummeling properties at Kundabung causing extensive damage to homes, vehicles and property.

Kundabung resident Amanda Jarick said the hail storm only lasted between three and five minutes but the rain that followed was very welcome.

Phillip Wilson of Rollands Plains said there was widespread damage after the storm rolled through with cars, the local school and solar panels affected.

More than 600 households remained without power between Kempsey and Nambucca Heads at 7.30pm.

It is the second intense storm to lash the region this week with another cell causing havoc across the Camden Haven and Manning Valley on Tuesday not long after the Melbourne Cup had been run.

Strong winds, lightning and heavy rain lashed the region south of Port Macquarie with more than 7000 households in Taree, Lansdowne, Coopernook and surrounding areas left without power for several hours.

Crews worked late into the night to secure sites and isolate numerous problems while restoring power progressively to the majority of households. 

Photo taken of hail half an hour after the storm passed over Rollands Plains. Photo: Fiona Ninness, Facebook.

Photo taken of hail half an hour after the storm passed over Rollands Plains. Photo: Fiona Ninness, Facebook.

In the Camden Haven, residents describe a mini tornado which ripped threw a small section of the region, including Kew and Kendall, snapping trees.

NSW SES Port Macquarie-Hastings local controller Paul Burg said members of the unit were called to four jobs. These included fallen branches on power lines and a tree which landed on a car at Kew. 

The unsettled conditions have followed five days of hot weather with temperatures soaring into the mid to high 30s.

Rain is expected to ease into the weekend and so too will the temperatures with Thursday, November 8’s forecast top to be a mild 21 degrees.

Palm-sized hail stones at Kundabung. Photo: Amanda Jarick

Palm-sized hail stones at Kundabung. Photo: Amanda Jarick

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