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Severe Thunderstorms Hit Hunter

Expect heavy rain, winds and hail

Severe Thunderstorms Hit Hunter

6.30PM:

The detailed severe thunderstorm warning has been lifted across the Hunter - however storms are still affecting the region so expect rain, wind and hail. 

There's delays between Gosford and Morriset on the Newcastle Central Coast line due to equipment failure - while earlier lightning strikes at Cowan and Woy Woy has also disrupted services.

Buses will replace some services. 

While there's no trains running between Maitland and Scone on the Hunter Line either. 

EARLIER:

A detailed severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Hunter this evening.

The cell is passing over Maitland and Cessnock as we speak - and will hit the rest of the Hunter between now and 6.30pm as it moves east with heavy rain and hail expected.

There's already been a 109 kay wind gust at Cessnock Airport after 5pm - while Wine Country Drive at Lovedale is closed in both directions after power lines came down.

Meantime there's no trains running between Gosford and Morriset on the Newcastle Central Coast line due to equipment failure - while earlier lightning strikes at Cowan and Woy Woy has also disrupted services.

While there's no trains running between Maitland and Scone on the Hunter Line either. 

Traffic on our roads is at a snail pace also thanks to the conditions - so take it easy while driving.


The State Emergency Service advises that people should:


* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES [NSW and ACT] on 132 500.