Trees in the eye of the storm

ORANGE got off “pretty lightly” according to the State Emergency Service (SES) following the storm that lashed the city yesterday afternoon.

Around 2pm the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Orange with damaging winds on the way.

The wild weather lashed out at the city with trees brought crashing down and blocking roads.

By 5pm Orange City SES had received eight call-outs.

At the height of the storm wind gusts of 91km/h were recorded at Orange Airport.

Orange City SES deputy controller Rob Hines said considering the wild weather the storm did not cause too much damage.

“We were expecting more calls, we were only remarking on what it could have been, it’s pretty good,” he said.


Despite this they attended calls to trees down throughout Orange’s central business district and one at Clifton Grove.

“There’s been broken tiles and ridge capping on a house at The Overflow and a damaged fence at Ploughmans [Lane],” Mr Hines said.

Mr Hines said storms were common during the warmer months and yesterday’s weather was a timely reminder to prepare your property.

Yesterday’s wild weather also saw the temperature plummet to a top of just 14.7 degrees, 9.2 degrees below the long-term maximum of 23.9 for December.

Today’s weather is predicted to be 17 degrees, while the weekend should be partly cloudy with a top of 22 degrees tomorrow and 27 on Sunday.

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