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Possibility of severe storms on the way for the Hunter

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A severe thunderstorm forecast has been predicted for the Hunter region over the next several days.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting the possibility of damaging winds, large hail and short  bursts of heavy rain are all possible including the risk of isolated supercells.

There is an increased risk of flash-flooding given the wet  catchments. 

NSW SES Northern Zone Commander Steve Patterson says it is important to be prepared.

"We are now in storm season, and people should be aware of the very simple things  you can do to stay as safe as possible," said Mr Patterson. 

"Be in the habit of checking that your gutters are clear, and your roof is in good condition and trim  any overhanging branches and when storms are predicted, bring in or  secure any outdoor items in the yard or on the balcony, and check your home emergency kit is stocked and ready to go.

"Talk to your family about your emergency plans and get out torches and  battery radios so you can listen to the emergency broadcast radio station in case you lose power.

"Stay indoors, do not park cars under overhanging trees and stay off the roads if possible," he said.

NSW SES advise holiday makers and campers to avoid camping close to rivers and creeks and  monitor conditions.

Residents and visitors in caravan parks should prepare for forecast weather  conditions. 

Stay alert, listen to any updates and advice and monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website on www.bom.gov.au 

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