Featured / News / 7th October 2021
Widespread damage after hail storm
It was a wild and wet end to the month as a large storm cell worked its way across the state last Thursday, 30 September.
There were reports of damage to houses, powerlines, trees and vehicles in a number of locations, including Coonabarabran.
The low-pressure system produced widespread severe thunderstorms to large parts of eastern and south- eastern Australia, resulting in giant hail, lightning, damaging winds, flash flooding and even a few tornadoes in Bathurst and Narrabri.
Locally, a number of residents in Tannabah Street were affected by intermittent power loss, with Essential Energy crews working into the evening to ensure power was returned.
However, it was residents out of town who experienced large hailstones, ranging in size from golf balls to those of a tennis ball.
Apricot Lane resident, Danielle Harris, said she had never seen hail that big previously.
“We have lived on this place for eight years and have had a couple of wild storms here before, but that was more wind damage,” Mrs Harris said.
“We were at home at the time of the storm, we watched it coming over and quickly fed up the animals before it hit.
“It was golf ball sized hail - I couldn’t believe how loud it was!”
While Mrs Harris took cover inside, her husband and youngest son got caught in the deluge.
“One took refuge in his ute the other one had to wait it out under a tree.
“I was just worried about where Craig and Drew were and if the animals would be alright,” she said.
“I did think the windows and glass door of the house would break - I didn’t even think about the cars until it stopped.”
Unsure about the total cost of the damage, Mrs Harris has reached out to her insurance company.
The family had three vehicles impacted by hail during the storm, including one windscreen, while the roof of their house was also damaged.
“We saw the warnings, but Coonabarabran wasn’t in the red section so I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was.”