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TWO SUSPICIOUS FIRES ON THE CENTRAL COAST

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A house has been destroyed and a mini golf club damaged, following two suspicious fires on the Central Coast last night. Emergency services were called to a home at around 8:40pm on The Entrance Road at Forresters Beach. Fire crews managed to extinguish the blaze a short time later, before finding a second fire at a nearby mini golf club. Fortunately no-one was injured. Police believe the fires were deliberately lit and the incidents linked. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers. Read More »

STORM BILL TOPS $300-MILLION

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Insurance Australia Group has been left with a $300-million bill following last week’s devastating storms. The insurer behind NRMA Insurance and CGU says the storm, which caused widespread damage to the Hunter and Central Coast, will cost it $250-million in claims to customers. Saturday’s sudden hail storm in Sydney is also likely to cost the general insurer $50-million. Meanwhile Ausgrid crews are still working to restore power to 5,500 homes in the Hunter and 2,000 homes across the Central Coast. Read More »

TIME TO GET THE FLU JAB

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It’s that time of year again, when the weather cools down and the flu strikes. Central Coast doctors say now is a good time to think about getting vaccinated. Read More »

WEATHER: EAST COAST LOW LATEST

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The second east coast low is set to form in the coming days. Moist onshore winds will feed a deepening trough sitting over the eastern states, so coastal showers will begin to ramp up from tomorrow. The low will form Thursday into Friday, hitting the south east corner of Queensland first, before moving south across the Northern Rivers and onto the Mid North Coast during Saturday. The tail of the system is expected to hit the Hunter on Sunday before clearing Monday. This low is a different monster to the one that hit the Hunter and Central Coast last week. This one will be on the move producing flooding rain, heavy down pours and huge dangerous seas and swell as it tracks south over a period of five days. Read More »

MAN TO FACE MURDER CHARGES OVER HOUSE FIRE

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A 69-year-old Central Coast man remains in custody after allegedly trying to murder two people in a house fire at Chain Valley Bay last week. The man faced court yesterday following the suspicious fire on April 24, where three adults and three children managed to escape unharmed. He’ll face charges of murder, larceny and fraud in June. Read More »

MAN CHARGED WITH HIGH RANGE DRINK DRIVING

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A man has been charged after he was allegedly caught drink driving almost six times the legal limit on the Central Coast with his young daughter in the car. Police were called to Yattalunga yesterday afternoon, following reports a Mitsubishi sedan had left the road, struck trees and stopped in a ditch. Thankfully the 39-year-old driver and his 5-year-old daughter were uninjured. Police allege the man underwent a breath test and returned a reading of .287. His driver’s licence was suspended and he’s due to face Gosford Local Court on May 12. Read More »

MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

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A man, who allegedly set fire to a Central Coast home with three children and three adults inside, has been charged with attempted murder. The six people managed to escape unharmed last Friday, but the house suffered extensive damage. A 68-year-old man was arrested at Wyong Hospital on Sunday, where he was being treated for burns to his feet. He’ll face court at a later date. Read More »

CLEAN-UP UNDERWAY ACROSS TUGGERAH LAKES

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With the floodwater surrounding Tuggerah Lakes having now dropped, residents today began the long process of cleaning up. It comes as the SES says some jobs may not be able to be cleared for another week. Read More »

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE TRAGEDY HITS THE NORTH WEST

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And as the death toll from Nepal’s earthquake disaster reaches beyond 3000, one Tamworth woman is breathing a sigh of relief. Sue Snook made contact with her brother Noel Border late last night, who just days ago completed the Everest Base Camp trek. Read More »

WEATHER: ANOTHER EAST COAST LOW ON THE WAY

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Another east coast low is expected to form this week. It will be a different monster to last week’s storm and could affect a larger area, extending across northern New South Wales and south east Queensland. It will then move south and onto the Mid North Coast and Hunter. A large high currently sits over the nation, feeding a trough deepening over the eastern states with moist onshore winds. This trough is likely to spin into an east coast low later in the week, producing more strong winds and heavy seas. While all east coast lows have similarities, they are also different so this will be another potentially dangerous storm and one to be monitored in the coming days. Read More »

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