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October 8, 2022

10,000 without power as east coast low finally hits

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High winds and rain have left pools overflowing and filled with leaves. Photo Chris Dobney
High winds and rain have left pools overflowing and filled with leaves. Photo Chris Dobney

Wet and windy weather pummelled the region last night leaving almost 10,000 homes and businesses without power between Taree and the border and forcing the cancellation events including the Byon Farmers Market this morning.

Coffs Harbour copped the worst of the rain, with 200mm yesterday and a further 75mm overnight.

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In our region falls were much lighter, with just 30mm in Echonetdaily’s Binna Burra gauge yesterday and a further 70mm overnight.

The wind has caused more damage, with the SES reporting more than 370 callouts since east coast low conditions began yesterday,  including around 55 in the Richmond/Tweed, with most involving roof damage an trees across roads.

Essential Energy say customers at Banora Point, Terranora, Ewingsdale, Bangalow, Tyalgum and Uki are without power.

Despite high winds, rain was significantly down on the last east coast low two months ago. Photo Chris Dobney
Despite high winds, rain was significantly down on the last east coast low two months ago. Photo Chris Dobney

Weather forecasters say the storm system is gradually moving out to sea with wind gusts of up to 115 kph at Byron Bay and 90 kph at Yamba and Ballina overnight.

The winds are now centred off the Tweed moving off the coast rapidly.

Gold Coast beaches have been declared closed and the combination of high tides and strong winds have prompted forecasters to warn all but highly experienced surfers to avoid the water.

Ballina Council has announced the following road closures: Boundary Road at Marom Creek and Marom Creek Road at Gum Creek.

In addition, caution should be taken on the following roads, with water and debris over the road: The Coast Road at Boulder Beach and Sharpes Beach; Dalwood Road at Gum Creek Weir; Ellis Road; Eltham Road; Lindendale Road at Marom Creek; Rous Mill Road; Tamarind Drive between North Creek Road and Cumbalum Interchange; Wardell Road; Teven Road (Eltham Road to Shaws Lane).

No other road closures or diversions have been announced so far but motorists are advised to use caution.

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