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Hunter faces severe weather warning

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If you’re living in the Hunter, prepare to batten down the hatches, with a vigorous cold front and gale force winds predicted this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued several warnings today, including damaging winds for the Hunter, and a gale warning for the Hunter coast.

For parts of the NSW coast and ranges between the Barrington Tops and the southern Alps, damaging winds averaging 60 to 70km/h with gusts in excess of 90km/h are possible from this afternoon through to Thursday morning.

The threat of severe winds is expected to ease for far western NSW this afternoon and for eastern NSW during Thursday, although conditions will still remain very windy in both areas.

Locations that may be affected include Newcastle, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Goulburn, Broken Hill and Thredbo Top.

The State Emergency Service (SES) advises that people should:

* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.

* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.

* Keep at least eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.

* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.

* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.

* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. (Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires).

* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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