Lennox Head is in shutdown after severe storms battered the northern NSW coastal town early this morning.
Witnesses described seeing several water-spouts form at sea, with one hitting land at around 7.30am.
The State Emergency Service (SES) is advising residents to stay indoors away from windows and to keep children and pets inside.
Anna Dicker, who owns a backpackers’ hostel in the town, told the Sydney Morning Herald she had lost a section of roofing and that the nearby Lake Ainsworth Caravan Park had also been hit hard.
She added: “There wasn’t any accompanying wind, it just came through and went again.”
According to the SES, other locations which may be affected include Lismore, Byron Bay, Ballina, Brunswick Heads and Evans Head.
TNT Magazine managing director Ian Wakeling, who owns a property in Eureka just outside Byron Bay, reported heavy rain storms overnight but no wind damage.