Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

SES Kept Busy by Storm's Damage; More Than 50 Calls after Valley Hit Be Massive Hail

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

SES Kept Busy by Storm's Damage; More Than 50 Calls after Valley Hit Be Massive Hail

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Byline: Jarrard Potter dailyexaminer.com.au

THE Grafton SES unit responded to more than 50 calls for help after a large hail storm caused widespread damage on Saturday afternoon.

A large thunderstorm hit Grafton around 1.20pm, with hail the size of tennis balls battering some parts of the region.

SES Clarence Nambucca region controller Michael Harper said SES resources from neighbouring towns were called in to respond to the large numbers of requests for help.

"We had about 50 or more call outs on Saturday afternoon, and they were virtually all for broken windows, smashed skylights and roof damage," Mr Harper said.

"It was a busy afternoon for them, we had about 10 crews out cleaning up and helping people, with most jobs completed by 10pm that same day, with only one or two left over to finish the next day."

Mr Harper said Saturday's hail event was the first major storm to hit Grafton since the start of the storm season.

"There were hail stones up to seven to eight centimetres in size, which is quite large," he said. …

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