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    Severe thunderstorm hits Scone
    Thursday, 8 February 2007

    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 caused other 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.


    An approaching thunderstorm near Muswellbrook. Photo taken at 6pm yesterday.


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