That’s a wrap for busy storm season

THE official storm season has come to an end and it has been a busy period for the Clarence Nambucca Region NSW SES volunteers who have responded to more than 205 storm and flood jobs.

Volunteers gave up their time from work and family to attend to tasks where trees were down or roofs were leaking or damaged. The majority of storm damage was seen in areas across Coffs Harbour, Yamba, Corindi and Grafton.

WRECKED: The side of Dennis Knock's house after the storm that hit Palmers Island on January 30.
WRECKED: The side of Dennis Knock's house after the storm that hit Palmers Island on January 30. Jarrard Potter

NSW SES region controller Caroline Ortel urged people to stay prepared for severe weather throughout the year, even though the storm season had ended.

"Storms can happen at any time so it's important people prepare their properties by maintaining yards and balconies, cleaning gutters, trimming overhanging branches, checking roofs are in good repair, preparing emergency kits and making emergency plans," she said.

Bureau of Meteorology acting New South Wales regional director, Stephen Lellyett, said the season had been one of contrasts.

"New South Wales had a wet, stormy November to January followed by a very warm, dry February and early March," he said.

"February and March were a stark contrast with a run of persistently warm, clear days across the state. The record-breaking heat in March was strongest across the southeast with persisting warm conditions of over eight degrees above normal."

The official storm season runs from October 1 to March 31 each year but the NSW SES is encouraging people to prepare their homes now to limit the amount of damage suffered in severe weather.

Learn how to be StormSafe at www.stormsafe.com.au.

 

BE PREPARED ...

  Some of the things people can do to be prepared include:  

  • Maintain your yard and balcony;
  • Clean your gutters;
  • Trim overhanging branches;
  • Make sure your roof is in good condition;
  • Check your insurance is up to date;
  • Make an emergency plan;
  • Prepare an emergency kit if you lose power or need to leave home in a hurry;
  • Listen to your local radio station for updated storm information.


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