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Brief storm leaves its mark

Damage caused by storm on Sunday afternoon

A large tree was uprooted at this Gurley Street, Bellata, property, crashing into a caravan, carport and fence. A Narrabri SES unit member can be seen helping clear this mess last night.

It may have only lasted 30 minutes, but a storm that weaved its way through Narrabri Shire on Sunday evening certainly left its mark.

A wind gust of 98 km/hr was officially recorded at Narrabri Airport though the century was almost certainly cracked before the winds reached that far east.

In Bellata the storm was described by one local as a “tornado” bringing a lot of dust, while between Wee Waa and Narrabri there was up to 10mm of rain. Narrabri SES crews were kept busy in the aftermath, with two teams on Sunday night attending several callouts as uprooted trees fell on to buildings and even a power line supplying the Anglican Church residence.

The SES was in Bellata last night, helping clean up the aftermath there.

Meanwhile, a fire broke out yesterday in the Mount Kaputar National Park, south of Sawn Rocks.

A glow could be seen from Narrabri last night, with smoke haze today.