WRECKED: Dennis Knock's house at Palmers Island was severely damaged by the storm that lashed the region on Saturday night.
WRECKED: Dennis Knock's house at Palmers Island was severely damaged by the storm that lashed the region on Saturday night. Jarrard Potter

Palmers Island punished by ‘supercell’

THE clean-up work is set to continue this week after a wild storm ripped through Palmers Island and other parts of the Clarence Valley on Saturday night.

Houses were damaged and power lines and trees were brought down in the storm which has been described by the Bureau of Meteorology as a "mini supercell storm".

Yamba SES Unit Controller Wayne Fraser said yesterday it had been a busy weekend for the crews responding to calls in the wake of the storm.

"At Palmers Island there were two houses severely damaged, there was a tree over the road near the caravan park and some power lines damaged in the village," he said.

"We had eight calls Saturday night and four yesterday morning between Maclean and Yamba."

Mr Fraser said the storm had caught many people off guard and he admitted he had been surprised by the amount of damage it caused.

"I didn't look that big, watching it come in on the radar," he said.

"I was watching it 20 minutes before it hit Yamba and it was as still as anything.

"Then when we went in to Palmers, I looked at the cane fields and you can tell the wind speed by the cane, it was all flat so you could tell it had some kick behind it.

"It looks like the hand of God has slapped a few houses up the back of the head and took their heads off.

"It reminds me of the Tucabia storm 11 years ago."

Mr Fraser said SES volunteers were kept busy yesterday working to repair damaged homes in the area.

Two crews of six worked throughout the day to repair the damage and the clean-up work is expected to continue today.

Mr Fraser said despite the damage done the community remained in good spirits.

"A lot of the town folk have been running around with food and drinks for the SES crews and emergency services, which is nice to see," he said.

"It's good to see that in a community."



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