Windstorm strikes, promise of rain relief on the way

Storms kicked up dust and felled trees on a hot, windy Friday before delivering much-needed rain to some parts of the district.

The temperature peaked at 36.7 degrees on Friday afternoon and winds gusted up to 91km an hour, Bureau of Meteorology records show.

Those winds wreaked havoc in some areas, and Lachlan SES volunteers had a busy evening.

One house in Hillside Lane lost its entire roof in the storm, and volunteers had to remove a number of fallen trees to access the property.

State Emergency Services Forbes deputy controller Kerry Lock said fallen trees and limbs came down on powerlines in Goldmine Street and they worked with electricity services to remove those. 

The SES attended two other call-outs to fallen trees and limbs, and it’s understood Forbes Shire Council also had crews out helping clear storm debris. 

The rainfall that followed was varied across the district. 

Forbes airport recorded only 2.3mm of rain but the Advocate’s social media followers reported falls of 23.6mm and up to 32mm.

At the time of writing, the forecast held the promise of more relief from the dry conditions.

Showers were falling Monday, with the airport recording 1mm of rain. 

Weatherzone gave an 80 per cent chance of 10 to 20mm Tuesday, an 80 per cent chance of another 10 to 20mm Wednesday.

That’s expected to usher in a cooler change, with a comparatively chilly six degree morning and mild top of 22 degrees Thursday.

The NSW State Emergency Service does have some resources on preparing for storm season, available online at www.ses.nsw.gov.au/ 

Their tips include: maintain your yard and balcony (securing items that could blow around); clean your gutters, downpipes and drains; trim trees and branches; and keep your roof in good condition.