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Hunter Valley cleans up after storm destroys roofs, downs powerlines

Tuesday November 7, 2017 - 09:57 EDT
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Hail pounded the Hunter Valley town of Kurri Kurri at the height of the storm. - Audience submitted

State Emergency Service volunteers are working to clean up damage from a ferocious storm on the NSW Hunter Valley and the Central Coast that left a local primary school closed, tore roofs off buildings and brought down powerlines.



SES crews worked until midnight repairing roofs and clearing debris in the Hunter region after strong winds, heavy rain and hail lashed the area.

They had 175 requests for assistance in the Hunter area.

"Our crews on the ground were able to complete about 85 of those last night, so we still have 90 to get to today," the SES's Rachel Squires said.

"Most of the jobs have been around roof damage, particularly with trees falling on roofs, we've seen some roofs removed from houses."

The town of Kurri Kurri, near Cessnock, bore the brunt of the storm with the dangerous weather causing the roof of a community centre to collapse just after 2:00pm yesterday.



Two people were taken to Maitland Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Ausgrid said 700 properties in the Kurri Kurri area remained without power overnight but it should be restored later today.

At the height of the storm 7,000 homes and businesses were blacked out.

The NSW Education Department said the Kurri Kurri Public School would be closed due to storm damage.

It is planned to reopen on Wednesday.



Liz from Weston, near Kurri Kurri, said it was an intense storm.

"We had a lot of hail at our place. It certainly wasn't really big hail that would smash things," she said.

"I think the wind was probably more of a concern in that way and things flying around. But there was certainly a lot of hail left over on the grass when we emerged."

At Toukley on the Central Coast, a catamaran was blown onto the roof of a house.

Ausgrid said 200 properties in the Wyong region are still without power.

The SES said there were 700 calls for help across the whole state.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a hazardous surf warning for the Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast and Illawarra Coast.


- ABC

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