Wild weather: Storm lashes Newcastle, but residents escape the worst

Storm lashes Newcastle, but residents escape the worst Photo: Marina Neil

Photo: Marina Neil

Photo: Marina Neil

Photo: Marina Neil

Photo: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Charlestown. Picture: Brad Patfield

The storm rolling over Waratah West. Picture: Ange Murphy

TweetFacebookSEVERE thunderstorms have now crossed the east coast of the state, quickly lashing Newcastle and the Hunter with heavy rain overnight.

While rain came in fast and hard, the inundation did not reach peak levels in the Hunter.

The State Emergency Service received 1636 calls across NSW andcrews were sent out on 673 jobs.

The majority of storm damagerelated to roof leaks, water inundation and trees down.

Of the thousands of calls, just two came from Newcastle residents,both with roof damage, just after8.30pm.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology Newcastle recorded just0.4mm of rain, while further up the valley Dungog reached3mm and Singleton hit4.8mm.

Ausgrid emergency crews worked throughthe night to restorepowerto about 1500 homes andbusinesses in parts of Valentine after the network was impacted during thewild weather.

Further storms are likely during Friday, but conditions are expected to improve.

Phil Schafer from the SES encouraged drivers heading off on holidays to remain vigilant.

“We want everyone to be safe on the roads,” he said.

“If you see water on the road, find an alternative route.”

The SES had toundertake several flood rescuesduring Thursday’sweather event – fourin Alburyand threein Sydney. All of these tasks were for vehicles in flood water.

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