A fierce storm hit the Northern Rivers on Monday night.
A fierce storm hit the Northern Rivers on Monday night. photos.com

SES kept busy during overnight storms

STATE Emergency Service crews around the Tweed were kept busy during storms on Monday night.

Murwillumbah SES controller Chris Chrisostomos said they were on the road from about 9pm Monday until 1am Tuesday.

His crews cleared six fallen trees around the Tweed Coast.

"We missed it in Murwillumbah," Mr Chrisostomos said.

"They really copped it a lot more on the coast."

Mr Chrisostomos said most of the calls were to fallen trees, while another group attended a home which was struck by lightning in Casuarina.

"It was just trees obstructing roadways," he said.

He said strong winds had "shredded" parts of the large trees, leaving debris all over the roads in Duranbah, Cudgen, Clothiers Creek and other parts of the coast.

Mr Chrisostomos said Monday night's storm wasn't anything out of the ordinary for this time of year.

"January is our flood season," he said.

He said it was a good time to ensure your home was storm-ready, and recommended checking trees around your home to ensure they're not a threat.

"Don't park under trees during storms," Mr Chrisostomos said.

Tweed-Byron LAC Inspector Darren Steel said despite the weather, there were no incidents on Tweed roads overnight.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is a 90% chance of showers in the Tweed on Tuesday, with heavy rain and storms a possibility. 



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