An East Coast low pressure system moved from the Queensland border into Northern NSW over the 22 & 23 of February 2013 causing significant damage to beaches and property and major flooding from the Queensland border to the Hastings.
The ‘low’ was accompanied by gale force winds and big seas.
The low passed from the sea to land between Ballina and Evans Head causing widespread damage to properties, water supply failures at Lennox Head and power outages.
A local electrician said that the fierce winds of up to more than 200 kph at Ballina ‘wet’ many electrical systems causing them to shut down.
While the winds were not as strong at Evans Head reaching only 125 kph many people had electrical problems and the power was off in some parts of town for a few hours. However the winds may have been stronger but not recorded as both the Marine Rescue Base and RAAF weather stations were out of action for wind speeds on Saturday.
Energy suppliers were overwhelmed with calls for assistance and a recorded message indicated that more than 20,000 households were without power and it might not be until after the weekend that power was restored.
The long term impact of the low pressure system is not known but with sea level rise already occurring the coast line will continue to be assaulted by the power sea and winds.
Banksias all along the coast also copped a hiding with many blown over or broken off. The picture below was taken at the Lookout at Evans Head near the Marine Rescue Station. The banksia crashed across the road on Friday afternoon and was tidied up with a chainsaw by Saturday.
At time of writing the Richmond River is in flood with overflow into the Evans River bringing mud and other nasties damaging yet again the health of the Evans River. The same happened three weeks ago with Ex-Cyclone Oswald.