A bird?s eye view of freak storm

By JURIS GRANEY

WHEN Lynne Mowbray saw yesterday's storm enveloping the hills at Ashby, she knew straight away what was about to happen.

Perched above Maclean in McCowans Street, she had the perfect view of the freak storm.

"It was like a thick, fast-moving fog coming over," Mrs Mowbray said.

"You could hear the roar and see the water being pelted."

Mrs Mowbray was rushing around the backyard trying to bring in the washing when the storm's most ominous sound began echoing through the Valley.

"You could hear the hail banging down onto the roofs," she said.

"It is just one of those sounds that you hate to hear.

"You feel helpless."

Luckily for Lynne she did make it inside before golf ball-sized hail rocketed down from the sky, damaging her home.

A large slab of ice smashed into her skylight allowing rain and more hail to penetrate her home.

Luckily for her, the damage was minimal, with several tiles and the skylight the only really damage.

"I am still a bit shaky," she said.

"It is pretty scary stuff when you are in the home and it is getting pelted.

"I was worried when the skylight cracked because rain and hail was coming through the roof.

"Luckily it wasn't on the carpet, so I have just been able to mop it up with towels."



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