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Herald Breakfast – April 22, 2015

Storm fallout: Herald Breakfast – April 22 Tester’s Hollow near Cliftleigh and Gillieston Heights closed by floodwaters. Picture: Peter Stoop
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Tester’s Hollow near Cliftleigh and Gillieston Heights closed by floodwaters. Picture: Peter Stoop

Tester’s Hollow near Cliftleigh and Gillieston Heights closed by floodwaters. Picture: Peter Stoop

Tester’s Hollow near Cliftleigh and Gillieston Heights closed by floodwaters. Picture: Peter Stoop

House in Douglas Street, Stockton lost its roof on Tuesday night. Picture: Donna Page

Cleanup at No1 Sportsground: Picture: Darren Pateman

Darby Street. Picture: Darren Pateman

Picture: Darren Pateman

Cooks Hill. Picture: Darren Pateman

TweetFacebookTHE Hunter wakes on Wednesday to a massive clean up bill as the people of Dungog continue to grieve for three of their own lost in the cyclonic storm.

Conditions have eased across the region but not before the State Emergency Service continues to respond to at least 2733 calls for help across the Hunter, including 777 in Lake Macquarie and 722 in Newcastle.

The SES has also made 90 rescues since the storm hit the coast in the early hours of Saturday.

More crews have been brought into the Hunter and Central Coast to work through the callouts.

Ausgrid reports on Wednesday morning that crews continue to respond to 6,000 hazard jobs..

Some 100,000 customers continue to be without power in the Hunter and about 75,000 in the Central Coast.

The view over Newcastle from Tyrrell Street, The Hill. Picture: Supplied

The Bureau of Meteorology reported on Monday that very heavy surf could lead to localised damage and coastal erosion for the Hunter.

The Hunter River is now expected to peak at Belmore Bridge, Maitland, at 9am on Wednesday around 9.1 metres and is expected to cause moderate flooding.

Buses continue to replace trains between Hamilton and Central while the Hunter line between Hamilton and Dungog and Scone remains closed with limited bus services running.

Dungog residents were also continuing to clean up after flash flooding destroyed houses and killed three of their elderly residents.

The victims were identified as Robyn McDonald, aged about 70, of Hooke Street, and Colin Webb, 79, and Brian Wilson, 72, who lived a block away, across the road from each other, in Brown Street.

HUNTER STORM FALLOUT – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Traffic: Abermain, Cessnock Road near Church Street: Flooding, road closed in bothdirections.

Adamstown Heights,Pacific HwynearNorthcott Drive, 1 out of 3 southbound lanes closed dueto fallen tree.

Tighes Hill,Industrial DratElizabeth St, road closed in northbound direction due to flooding and fallen trees.

Newcastle,The EsplanadebetweenNobbys RdandWatts St,Road closed in both directions due to flooding.

Singleton,Port Stephens, Maitland,closure in various areas.

For more information and updates go to Live Traffic NSW.

Trains: No service on the Hunter line, The Hunter Line is closed between Hamilton and Scone and Dungog due to flooding at Hexham. Passengers are advised to delay their journey and avoid unnecessary travel or make alternative travel arrangements. A limited bus services is now operating.

Partial closures on the Central Coast and Newcastle line.

For further information and updates go to www.sydneytrains.info.

Weather:Showers, possibly heavy forecast across the regionNewcastle(20 degrees),Maitland (20 degrees), Scone (18 degrees).

Radar map from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Pair rescued from floodwater at Woodville:PHOTOS,A YOUNG couple are lucky to be alive after they were plucked from the roof of their four-wheel-drive at Woodville on Tuesday afternoon as rushing floodwaters surged around them

Cyclonic lashing shakes us to the core:PHOTOS,THREE dead, dozens of houses severely damaged, scores of flood rescues, hundreds of trees down, thousands of calls for help and tens of thousands without power.

Lake Macquarie counts the cost, braces for more:PHOTOS,CYCLONIC winds and torrential downpours wreaked havoc across Lake Macquarie on Tuesday, with the savage storm leaving no suburb unaffected.

Near miss for Raymond Terrace family:PHOTOS,BEN Wright was laying in bed listening to the wind rattling against his home on Mount Hall Road in Raymond Terrace in the early hours of Tuesday morning when he heard a bang.

School closures for Wednesday:ALL Catholic schools, at least 40 public schools and the University of Newcastle will remain closed on Wednesday as storm clean-ups and repairs continue.

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