Daily Examiner photographer Adam Hourigan snapped this picture of the colourful thunderstorm hitting Maclean. The white streak is lightning striking and overloading the sensor of the phone as the photo was being taken.
Daily Examiner photographer Adam Hourigan snapped this picture of the colourful thunderstorm hitting Maclean. The white streak is lightning striking and overloading the sensor of the phone as the photo was being taken. Adam Hourigan

Thunderstorm cuts power to parts of Valley

A THUNDERSTORM that struck the Clarence Valley late on Saturday night has provided a good light show for residents, but not left a lot of rain.

Lightning from the storm, often striking 10-20 times in clumps. was captured by Daily Examiner photographer on his IPhone at Maclean, as the colour of the sunset collided with the quick moving rain and storm front.

The storm caused power outages throughout the valley, with blackouts reported from Coutts Crossing, through Grafton, and through to Lawrence and Palmers Island - many of which were without power during the night.

And while the storm put on a show for those game to take a look, the short sharp downfall didn't do much to fil the gauges of local residents.

The Grafton airport gauge reported 5mm until midnight last night, while the storm petered out by the time it reached Yamba, only dropping 0.8mm of rain until midnight.

Grafton is forecasted for a top around 30 degrees with a medium chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. 15 km/h winds in the morning will increase to 35 km/h by the afternoon. Yamba's forecast is similar with a projected top of 26 degrees.

Daily Examiner photographer Adam Hourigan snapped this picture of the colourful thunderstorm hitting Maclean. The white streak is lightning striking and overloading the sensor of the phone as the photo was being taken.
Daily Examiner photographer Adam Hourigan snapped this picture of the colourful thunderstorm hitting Maclean. The white streak is lightning striking and overloading the sensor of the phone as the photo was being taken. Adam Hourigan


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