What a wonderful 2 days of storms, first day back at work yesterday. I was at my grandmothers place when I heard a distant rumble, what I saw quite suprised me. Very dark menacing clouds, a good rain band to the NW of the town and moving east quite fast. I basically raced it to work, which didnt take long. The Wind which preceded the rain was very strong across Kelso, Bathurst area. Plenty of lightning activity N of the town. The storm continued on his damage path east towards Lithgow as mentioned by other staff arriving later that night. Another storm had built up at Orange, Molong area, causing many problems with power outages, which had me at work until 4am this morning. It didnt stop there, continued N towards Mudgee, Dunedoo where it blacked out hundreds of people with power lines and poles down.
Today was another good storm with Bathurst finally getting a good fall of rain, 18mm at the Bathurst AWS. It really came down, it was good to see. The lightning show was also very good, the busiest we have been for Bathurst area for awhile. Blayney, Orange had lightning activity as well, didnt beat the strikes Bathurst had though. Oberon had their fare share of rain, wind and lightning with much of the rural area copping the brunt. I may add that CE staff still working now on remaining faults at Mudgee, Bathurst, Oberon.
Hope to see more storms tomorrow.
Dave - Bathurst