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WATCH: Hail Hammers The Hunter

What a storm!

WATCH: Hail Hammers The Hunter

The Hunter has been hammered by hail this afternoon with a severe thunderstorm warning in place. 

 

Chunks of ice as big as golf balls have fallen across the region as the storm cell moves southeast. 

 

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 5cm hail at Gresford at 4pm. 

 

While Hail came down like snow for a couple of minutes around Newcastle at around 4.15pm.

 

The cell is building again with the region to be hit with more hail, rain and high winds over the next hour or so. 

 

While the wild weather is expected to hang around for at least the next couple of hours. 

 

 

 The BOM radar forecast just before 6pm

 

 

Hail at Booragul - Karen Wilesmith 

 

 

Hail at Charlestown

 

 

Nerissa Coutts took this in Bolton St, Newcastle

 

 Carey Harris took this photo of the hail coming down in Merewether.

 

 

Shannon Sawyer took a photo of this in Newcastle

 

 

Newcastle Council took this snap in the city at around 4pm

 

 

Suzie McMullen took this in Hamilton South

HERE'S THE LATEST:

Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning for DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, LARGE HAILSTONES and HEAVY RAINFALL 

For people in Greater Newcastle and parts of Maitland/Cessnock and Gosford/Wyong areas. Issued at 6:00 pm Thursday, 26 October 2017. 

GIANT HAIL, DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS AND HEAVY RAINFALL LIKELY IN THE LOWER HUNTER. The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:55 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Maitland, Branxton, Kurri Kurri and Lochinvar. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast.

Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Seaham, Beresfield, Morpeth and Tocal by 6:25 pm and Karuah by 6:55 pm. Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Budgewoi, Newcastle City, Raymond Terrace, Medowie and Laguna (south of Wollombi).

They are forecast to affect Dooralong, Nelson Bay, Anna Bay and Lemon Tree Passage by 6:25 pm and The Entrance, Toukley, Wyong and Tuggerah by 6:55 pm. Destructive winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely. 

4cm hail observed at Coopernock at about 2:30pm. 5cm hail observed at Gresford at about 4pm. 3cm hail at Tighes Hill (Newcastle) at about 5:30pm. 

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.

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