23 Oct 2021, 9:41 PM UTC
Damaging hail batters parts of regional NSW including Coffs Harbour again
Regional New South Wales is once again counting the cost of storm damage, following a night of wild weather that hit much of the state, including parts already recovering from mid-week supercells. SES crews in the NSW Mid North Coast city of Coffs Harbour were still cleaning up from Wednesday's massive dump of hail when two storms swept through around 6:00pm on Saturday, bringing with them wind gusts of 115 kph and 4 centimetres of hail. "It was short and intense and then there was a second cell behind it; it was not as angry," Phil Nickl from the Coffs SES said. "We had teams out on the roof that we got off the roof about 5:30pm when the BOM released their severe weather warning. "On Wednesday, the ground was covered by 'snow', then last night it was little stuff that got away pretty quickly." Since Wednesday, the Coffs Harbour SES had received more than 1,190 jobs which jumped another 100 overnight. Crews from Newcastle to the Queensland border have been assisting with the clean-up. SES coordinator of duty operations Sharon Fox said it has been all hands on deck after receiving 400 calls for help across the state on Saturday night. "We do have out-of-area teams coming in to assist in the Southern Highlands and we do still have teams in Coffs Harbour that are cleaning up after the storm a couple of days ago." 'Massive mess' Also badly hit by Saturday's hailstorms was the Wollondilly Shire on the south-western outskirts of Sydney, where trees were shredded, power lines brought down and roofs damaged. On Sunday, the Wollondilly SES responded to more than 200 requests for assistance with the town of Thirlmere the hardest hit. Flinders resident Nick Moulas was visiting his parents at Thirlmere when the storm struck. "They had quite a bit of hail on the roof; they lost all their fences," he said. "The local football club lost a roof, they lost light posts ? yeah, massive mess through the whole town." Mr Moulas said he was trapped in his car just metres from the house when the storm hit around 6:30pm. "Every tree was just shredded of all its leaves, there were gum trees just ripped out of the ground, a lot of the smaller trees were snapped in half, iron ripped off roofs. "The damage was unbelievable." His new car is severely damaged. The storms also hit parts of Central Western NSW, including Dunedoo where 19 requests for assistance were received.