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NSW Fire and Rescue is responding to incidents relating to a storm in the Lake Macquarie area

04/12/2018 / by admin

10,000 homes blacked out, gas leak in Stockton, fires in Dungog Just thought we would share this picture my 16yr old daughter, Emma-Lee Webster from Blackalls Park, took whilst she was visiting at Cameron Park on Sunday afternoon.
Shanghai night field

Lightning strike at Broadmeadow. Pic by Craig Smith, Twitter.

Merewether. Pic by Sally Ryan.

Lightning strike at Carrington. Pic by Jane Bourke-HuntCarrington

Maitland. Pic by Graham Harrison.

Newcastle, pic by JackNewtonCC.

Lightening strike over Pulbah Island. Pic David Jones.

Pic by Jay Small.

Pic by Justin Martin.

Pic by Darren Pateman.

Pic by Darren Pateman.

Pic by Darren Pateman.

Pic by Darren Pateman.

Merewether Baths. Pic by Dayne Steggles.

Pic by Alister Cant.

Pic by Alister Cant.

Pic by Michelle Faithful.

Pic by Jackie Sidney.

TweetFacebookUPDATE:A high pressure gas main is leaking at Stockton Hospital. HAZMAT and firefighters are in attendance. There are no evacuations.

In Dungog, 15 hectares are alight at Sugarloaf Rd, after a lightning strike. The Rural Fire Service is in attendance.

Rain has bucketed down in Newcastle between 7pm and 8pm Sunday.

Wallsend Bowling Club recorded 17mm, Macquarie College 19mm, Lookout Rd 15mm, Lambton Rd 16mm and Merewether pump station 12mm.

A severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology has been cancelled.

8pm:AUSGRIDhas confirmed that power has been cut to about 10,000 homes and businesses in the Hunter. Emergency crews are working to get supply back.

It is trying to restore power to homes but said because there was a total fire ban in place they would be required to patrol the entire length of power lines.This is to make sure everything is completely safe before the power is turned back on.

The SES has responded to 22 calls for assistance, mostly relating to leaking roofs.

Blackout breakdown

Swansea 3000 homes without power

Thornton 1000

Caves Beach 1700

Marks Point 900

Nords Wharfs 400

Pelican 400

7.15pm:A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman says firefighters are “flat out” in the Hunter responding to small fires from lightning strikes, including at Minmi, Tomago and Tarro.

They are en route to reports of a power pole which has caught alight in Shortland.

More to come

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