Severe thunderstorm warning for the HunterRADAR

STORM SEASON: A severe storm warning has been issued for parts of the Hunter.The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Hunter.
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Thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Cessnock, Maitland and surrounding areas.

NSW Ambulance is urging pedestrians and motorists to take extra care in the wet, with paramedics having attended almost 50 motor vehicle-related incidents between midnight and 2.30pm on Monday.

A two-vehicle collision at Minmi Road, Wallsend, was among the eight incidents that paramedics across the state were called to in the 90 minutes to 2.15pm.

Paramedics are calling on motorists to slow down and adjust their driving behaviour to suit the conditions.

STORM SEASON: A severe storm warning has been issued for parts of the Hunter.

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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 clear of fallen power lines.

* 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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