Newcastle bracing for thunderstorms


A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the Hunter.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the storms were likely to produce destructive winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding for several hours from late Friday afternoon.

The bureau said locations which could be affected included Newcastle, Scone, Cessnock, Maitland, Wyong, Putty, Wollombi, Merriwa, Dungog, Murrurundi, Kulnura and Quirindi.

A large storm cell passed over Singleton after 4pm and was moving east.

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