Strong winds left a trail of damage around Grenfell and the Weddin Shire during a violent storm last Friday, November 2, with weather readings recording wind gusts of up to 65km/h.
The storm hit town at around 5.30 pm beginning with high winds and dust followed by lightning, thunder and rain, the storm lasted around fifteen minutes leaving a trail of destruction in it’s wake.
Uprooted trees came down on top of houses and cars, with a number of residents requiring the assistance of local State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.
Sheets of tin and tiles were ripped from rooftops with much of the damage occurring in North Street. One resident was lucky not to be inside his vehicle when a tree fell on his car almost completely crushing it.
Many well established trees lost huge branches that fell like twigs right throughout the shire.
Tips from the SES on how to stay safe during storms:
*Stay indoors and away from windows.
*If outdoors, shelter away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
*Be prepared for power outages and never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
After the storm:
*Check your home and property for damage.
*Check on your neighbours and keep clear of damaged buildings, powerlines and trees.
For more information visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au