VIDEO: Severe thunderstorm headed for the Hunter

Posted on 22/07/2019 by

STRIKES: Lightning over Newcastle. Picture: Nick BielbyThe Hunter was treated to a spectacular light show on Monday night as thunderstorms rolledin from the south.
Shanghai night field

The Bureau of Meteorology issued several warnings for wild weather tohit the region, with thunderstorms first hitting Lake Macquarie about 3pm.

Storm cells continued to roll across the region until the midnight finale crashed over the city and surrounding suburbs.

Lightning strikes illuminate the Hunter | video, photos The storm cell looking over Bar Beach. Picture: Grant Minns.

The storm from Anzac Memorial Walk. Picture: Grant Minns.

Lightning crashes at Bar Beach. Picture: Shane Williams.

The show from Lake Macquarie. Picture: Jade Kennedy.

Looking across Lake Macquarie from Bolton Point. Picture: John Dillon.

The storm moving up the coast looking from Newcastle Beach. Picture: Andreas Antoniades.

A view from Honeysuckle. Picture: Jack Beaven.

A view from Honeysuckle. Picture: Jack Beaven.

A view from Honeysuckle. Picture: Jack Beaven.

From West Wallsend. Picture: Hope Walker

The storm over Jesmond, looking towards Wallsend. Picture: Mandy Kennedy

From West Wallsend. Picture: Hope Walker

Pic by @brasso64: Storm front looking back across Newcastle Beach out to the west. No filters, no photoshop just my iPhone and gods handiwork

Pic by @arjnelson: Awesome #sunset to greet my #ride this #afternoon. Shame it was shortly followed by a massive downpour!!

Pic by @andreajwalsh This one lit up the sky #summerstorms

Lightning over Fletcher. Picture: Jim Schmitzer.

Lightning over Wickham. Picture: Carlo Farina.

Looking east from Kearsley. Picture: Donna Knight.

TweetFacebookThe damage was minimal with the State Emergency Service reporting 15 calls for assistance across the Hunter.

Cessnock was the worst hit with six jobs, while crews were also called out at Raymond Terrace, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.

Cessnock and Martinsville both reported 24mm of rain to 9am on Tuesday with Merewether pump station (8.2mm), Tocal (7mm) and Macquarie College (5mm) also recording good dumps.

The forecast is for the possibility of more storms on Tuesday following a warm day with temperatures to reach the mid-30s.

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