Updated November 29, 2015 20:03:11

Many individuals which includes babies have been rescued from Lismore Base Hospital in northern New South Wales after the roof of the maternity ward collapsed.

A serious hail storm triggered scaffolding to fall onto the roof, causing the internal ceiling to fall in.

Large hail stones fell at in Lismore, NSW. Photo: Large hail stones fell at in Lismore, NSW. (Higgins Storm Chasing: Sonja Nobbs)

It is understood 12 mothers and five babies have been in the maternity ward when plaster from the roof fell onto them.

One witness who was there at the time stated a single mother started screaming “my child, my child”.

Nobody was injured, and all the patients in the ward have been safely moved to yet another component of the hospital, which is getting redeveloped.

The NSW fire brigade sent six trucks to the scene, while ambulance, police and the SES had been also on the scene.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a severed thunderstorm warning for big hailstones, heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding and destructive winds in the Northern Rivers.

The warning included Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Tenterfield, Sawtell and Dorrigo.

Hail the size of golf balls was reported at Lismore and Tatham about four:30pm (AEDT) and south of Bellingen about 2:00pm.

Thousands of homes and businesses lost power, with Lismore and Coffs Harbour among the worst-impacted regions.

A lot more than 50 millimetres of rain fell at Belongil Creek in half an hour and 43 millimetres fell in the very same timeframe at Repentance close to Coopers Creek in the Northern Rivers area.

Additional north in Queensland, a really unsafe thunderstorm moved across the south-east, tearing roofs from buildings in Warwick ahead of hitting Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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Initial posted November 29, 2015 17:00:09

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