Widespread thunderstorm activity occurred across the Hunter
yesterday afternoon. The thunderstorms developed throughout the afternoon but
did not cause any effects until 5pm. In most areas, the activity was not severe
apart from the frequent lightning. A severe thunderstorm was reported from
Scone. The storm cell developed quickly to the west of Scone and it hit Scone at
approximately 6:25pm. A microburst produced winds of 120 km/h.
These gale force winds snapped trees and branches, up roofed buildings and
structural damages. The damage of the storm was more pronounced in the southern
parts of Scone. A maximum wind gust of 113 km/h was reported from Scone Airport,
which is on the northwest side of Scone.
Frequent lightning was observed from all areas in the Hunter
and continued after dark. The lightning caused power failures in certain areas.
Small hail was reported from the northern suburbs of Lake
Macquarie. The heaviest rainfall also occurred in these parts. Most stations
across the Hunter only reported less then 10mm of precipitation in the 24 hour
period ending 9am this morning.
The thunderstorms were the result of a low pressure trough.