The Namoi Region is centred around the Namoi and Peel Rivers and its tributaries. It extends to include Piliga in the west and Guyra, Armidale and Walcha in the east. The region also includes Tingha, Uralla, Barraba and Wee Waa in the north and Nundle, Liverpool Plains and Tambar Springs to the south.
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Historically Significant Storms
The Armidale Hailstorm of September 29, 1996
This hailstorm struck at about 4pm, bringing hailstones with diameters up to 8cm and wind gusts as strong as 156km/h in Armidale itself. Some 927 tasks were logged in the town, most of them relating to damaged roofs. The CBD in particular was severely affected, along with the university, some churches, a number of historic buildings, many houses, a hospital and an aged care home. Many windows were broken and cars, pergolas and outdoor furniture were damaged. Crop damage occurred in the surrounding Dumaresq Shire and in various other parts of New England.
Evacuations were necessary from a ward of the hospital and from the damaged aged care home. Some 23 SES units from four Regions were involved in the response along with two VRA units and four bush fire brigades. The covering of roofs took about five days to complete. The cost of the damage was estimated by insurance sources at about $134M in 2006 dollar terms but the total economic cost was about $440M.
This day produced severe thunderstorm activity across a very wide area of the state. Large hail, up to 7cm in diameter, was recorded at locations as far apart as Mudgee, Macksville and Hinton as well as in the New England region, and strong wind gusts were felt at Dubbo, Mudgee, Maclean and Taree. Tornadoes were reported at Elong Elong, Bearbung and Bundella.
The same afternoon, high winds brought trees down on power lines and houses in
Sydney, the Central West and the lower Hunter valley.