New England North West towns record 14-25 mm falls

Incoming: A bolt of lightning strikes North Tamworth on Wednesday as a storm cell rolled across the region dropping over 14 mm of rain on Tamworth Photo: Madeline Link
Incoming: A bolt of lightning strikes North Tamworth on Wednesday as a storm cell rolled across the region dropping over 14 mm of rain on Tamworth Photo: Madeline Link

Parts of the region were blanketed with hail on Wednesday night as a series of storms swept through, dumping some very valuable rainfall along the way.

While the Tamworth Airport recorded 14.2 mm, much bigger falls were seen in other areas, particularly in the Namoi Valley and New England.

Mullaley and Tambar were in the eye of a small but fierce cell which dumped 25 mm, while there were reports of 19 mm in Bendemeer, 18 mm at Guyra and 22 mm near Walcha, while 15.6 mm fell on the Murrurundi Gap.

While Tamworth copped the worst of the hail, SES Duty Officer Ben Pickup said very little damage was done by the mostly “marble sized” pieces, although the Tamworth and Region Weather page reported some as big as fifty cent pieces.

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Another hail shaft covered the highway north of Glen Innes with hail early Thursday morning, causing some concern for motorists.

The service were called out to two houses in Tamworth that suffered leaking roofs from the hail, while a few bouts of wild winds saw four trees come down, blocking back roads in Armidale and Uralla, as well as the highway near Tenterfield.

Gunnedah recorded the strongest wind gust of 57 km/h just after midnight, while Armidale and Tamworth both also recorded gusts over 50 km/h throughout the night.

“The storms seemed to miss most of the towns, mostly hitting properties and land around the region,” Mr Pickup said.

“Landholders are generally more prepared and deal with issues themselves, so we didn’t get too many call-outs - six across the region.”

Another storm warning was issued for late on Thursday afternoon, although Mr Pickup said that the forecast was for smaller storms than Wednesday, although added that the region will receive more rain in patches.

Weatherzone forecast 1-5 mm overnight for Tamworth, with more showers predicted for early next week.