A MAN has tragically died after a being crushed by a falling tree during last night’s severe weather.
It happened as a severe storm tore through the small village of Federal, 20km west of Byron Bay, about 7pm.
Police said a woman phoned Triple Zero after watching in horror as a large fig tree fell onto her neighbour’s cabin.
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Emergency services rushed to the Kings Road address but sadly, there was nothing they could do.
In a statement, NSW Police confirmed a 65-year-old man was found deceased at the scene.
Police said the large fig tree had “crushed” the man’s home.
The deadly storm was one of multiple cells that had formed in a line spanning 140km, from Evans Head on the NSW North Coast to the Gold Coast in Queensland, on Wednesday night.
A 72km/h wind gust was recorded at Cape Byron about 7.30pm as the storm barreled through Byron Bay.
Further north, dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning lashed the Gold Coast, turning night into day as the storm drenched parts of the city.
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The cell dumped 26mm of rain on Molendinar within 30 minutes, while 21mm fell at the Gold Coast Seaway.
Elsewhere, 18mm was recorded at Loder Creek in Southport, 17mm at Carrara and 13mm at Biggera Waters.
The heavy bursts of rain came as a southerly wind change moved up the eastern seaboard and injected the atmosphere with the moisture it needed for storms to fire.
The weather bureau warned of damaging winds and large hail but thankfully, neither was reported on the Gold Coast.