Hail an ‘outside chance’

Brollies might be enough: pedestrians shelter in the middle of a severe thunderstorm warning on Monday. Pic: NIGEL MCNEILIt looks like Port Macquarie will miss the large hail on the way to the Mid-North Coast.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the area on Monday afternoon, but it seems the northern fringe including Kempsey and Coffs Harbourwill be the hardest hit.

Weatherzone’s Anthony Duke said it was “early days to call it, but it’s more likely Coffs will see something”.

Port Macquarie’s Australia Day will be saved from the worst of the storms bystrong trade winds.

“Thesouth easterlies should keep things cooler and keep the development on the ranges to your west,” Mr Duke said.

The rain is coming east from the north west slopes and plains, and is predicted to bring big hail stones and crashing lightning.

In Port Macquarie the showers should ease by midnight, with those returning to work on Tuesday set for glimpses of sun.

“Through the morning the focus will be further inland on the ranges,” Mr Duke said.

“You’re still likely to see scattered showers and very cloudy conditions through the day in Port.”

The meteorologist warned tourists andHastings residents the storms would set in.

“This week is not looking very nice – it’s going to be cool and wet most of the time.”

The SES were kept busy on Australia Day with leaking roofs and sandbagging to protect properties.

There were 20 calls for help in Port Macquarie by 2pm and another 10 for the Camden Haven.

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