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Five years on from April 2015 superstorm


This month marks the five-year anniversary of the superstorm that battered the Hunter.

From 20 to 22 April 2015, a powerful East Coast low-pressure system hit the region, causing widespread devastation.

Winds of more than 130 kilometres were recorded and parts of the region measured hourly rainfall rates of up to 150 millimetres.

Houses were washed away in Dungog, while large parts of the Hunter including, Maitland, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie experienced power outages and severe damage.

The superstorm caused more than $800 million worth of damage, and 22 local government areas were declared natural disaster zones.

Four people tragically died, while more than 100,000 animals were also lost.

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