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COMMUNITY OF TORRYBURN STILL ISOLATED AFTER STORM

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It could be another three weeks before residents of Torryburn, near Gresford, are given a way out, after floodwater swept away the village’s only bridge. While a little ingenuity has allowed fresh supplies to be delivered, many locals feel they’ve been forgotten. Read More »

FROM MENACES TO MULCH

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The Central Coast’s fallen storm trees are being put to good use, with Gosford Council offering residents free mulch. Thousands of trees and branches were chipped last week following the wild storm, with large trees closing major roads and shutting off some of the region’s power supply. Residents can help themselves at Hylton (HILTON) Moore Park in East Gosford or Rogers Park in Woy Woy Read More »

ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS RALLIES TO HELP STORM AFFECTED RESIDENTS

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SES crews were today scrambling to answer a remaining 700 calls for help across the Hunter, with heavy rain predicted for the rest of the weekend. A flood watch is in place for the Paterson and Williams rivers, with minor flooding expected tonight. Read More »

STORM STIRS UP ILS DEBATE

A Virgin plane was forced to turn back to Sydney, with conditions deemed too risky. The diversion comes as protests grow stronger, over the proposed installment of a new Instrument Landing System at Gold Coast Airport.   Read More »

WEATHER: EAST COAST LOW LATEST

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We are now entering the worst period, as the east coast low reaches its peak and begins to track south along the coast. Heavy rain causing flooding, strong to gale force winds and huge dangerous seas and swell will track south overnight into tomorrow. It’s expected to reach the Hunter by Saturday afternoon. Once the centre of the low passes, conditions will ease quickly in the north. The system will clear during Sunday. Boating and surfing is not recommended, until the centre of the low passes. Read More »

KEMPSEY LENDS A HAND AFTER STORMS DESTROY RAIL LINE

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The storm that hit the Hunter last week is one of the worse the region has ever seen – devastating homes, businesses as well as the main interstate rail line. Now the small town of Kempsey is doing its part to help keep the economy moving, providing a temporary freight solution for the eastern seaboard. Read More »

PLANE OUT OF ACTION FOLLOWING STORM

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Homes and cars weren’t the only property damaged in last week’s fierce storm in the Hunter. A Jetstar A320 plane, which was parked inside a maintenance hangar at Newcastle Airport in Williamtown, got blanketed in foam after water damage set off a foam fire retardant sprinklers. The aircraft is out of service until it’s been completely washed down and had its flight components checked. Fortunately the engines escaped unscathed. 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 »

UPDATE: ONE WEEK ON FROM THE CYCLONIC STORM

This home is Rankin Park still to be cleared after last week's storm

The clean up continues across the Hunter following last week’s cyclonic storm. As of yesterday, the State Emergency Service had received 18,600 requests for help across the state since last Monday. It says 70 per cent of the jobs have been completed. Meanwhile 20,000 homes in the Hunter and 7,500 on the Central Coast are still without electricity. Extra crews from Sydney have arrived to assist Ausgrid in restoring power to these homes. Read More »

LOCAL SES CREWS HEAD SOUTH FOR STORM HELP

While most of us take a break over the weekend, local SES volunteers will be demonstrating the values of our Anzacs. A fleet of trucks and crews headed south this morning, to help storm-ravaged communities in New South Wales. Read More »

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