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Wild storms travel up Clarence Coast on the first two days of 2018

January 2, 2018 - 16:31 -- Admin

The NSW North Coast, including the Clarence Valley, was treated to a show of nature’s force again this afternoon.The Northern Star, 2 December 2018:Update 3.50pm: THANKS to a lightning tracking website we know that over 1300 strikes of lightning have hit the Northern Rivers in the last two hours.Wind gusts of 76km/h wind gust have been reported at Evans Head AWS. There was also a report of wind damages in Yamba at about 01.50pm…..Update 2.30pm: REPORTS of a severe storm hitting Maclean are emerging as a series of storm fronts impact towns including Evans Head, Casino, and Kyogle.The Clarence Hotel in Maclean appears to have its roof ripped off in the tempest which hit mid-afternoon as it moved north.This picture below was taken by James Young and uploaded to North Coast Storm Chasers Facebook page.Residents described the storm as a "mini tornado".STORM DAMAGE: The Clarence Hotel in Maclean has had its roof ripped off as a severe storm passed through this afternoon.According to a Clarence Valley Council media release sent out this afternoon, the Maclean office of Clarence Valley Council will be closed tomorrow Wednesday 3 January so storm related repairs to the building can be undertaken.Report on yesterday’s storm at: As NSW North Coast surveys storm damage this morning, one family boating on the Clarence River are thankful for a lucky escape.