THE Gloucester Soldiers Memorial Hospital suffered minor damage to the roof of its Roma Ward in the freak spring storm that ripped through town about midday today.
While the storm only lasted a matter of minutes, it left several businesses and homes without power and trees down across the district.
Gloucester SES was called to five jobs, the most serious being the damaged roof at the hospital.
“There were quite a few tiles blown of the roof of the main building,” Gloucester SES controller Bruce Sun said.
“There was some leaking, but we managed to replace the tiles and repair the metal sheeting on one end of the building.
“The hospital also suffered damage to the roof of one of the lift wells which is yet to be repaired.
Wild winds whipped up by the storm caused two power lines to come together in a shower of sparks outside Gloucester Machinery.
Essential Energy crews spent a large portion of the afternoon on Hay and King streets restoring power to 35 customers in Gloucester.
About 240 customers between Gloucester on Bulahdelah on Waukivory Rd also lost power as did 60 homes in Bulby Brush.
Gloucester saw some small falls of hail but the rain was insubstantial with falls of 10mm or less.
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