Coastal areas of the Hunter saw a dumping of rain on Wednesday night, with Lake Macquarie doubling its total rainfall in November within two hours.
Prior to “Wetnesday” Lake Macquarie had received only 26 mm in the month of November.
Between 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday night Lake Macquarie doubled that total with a bucketing of 35.6 mm of rain within just two hours.
Newcastle received 13 mm and Williamtown 30 mm in that same two hour period.
Lake Macquarie saw the greatest amount of rain in the Hunter on Wednesday.
In the early morning the area received 24 mm.
Between 9am on Wednesday and 9am Thursday a second bout of stormy weather brought a further 61.9 mm to the city.
Maitland, Williamtown and Callaghan recorded 45 mm of rain, and Newcastle CBD, Nelson Bay and Scone 25 mm, in that same 24-hour period.
Cessnock received 33 mm. Singleton and Murrurundi also benefited.
The afternoon downpour did not reach Merriwa but the weather station recorded a fall of 10 mm on Wednesday morning.
A spokesperson for the SES said the organisation’s volunteers received 320 calls in the Hunter region between Wednesday and Thursday morning, the majority of calls coming in Wednesday afternoon and night.
She said the service attended more than ten jobs in the locations of Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Newcastle, as well as jobs in Cessnock and Maitland.
“It was mainly rain damage, leaking roofs, and sandbagging due to significant rainfall,” spokesperson Terri Langendam said.
She said the service did not have to perform any flood rescues in the region.
Chichester Dam is currently at 98.3 per cent capacity. Grahamstown Dam and Tomago Sandbeds are sitting at 85 per cent. Anna Bay Sandbeds are at 53.7 per cent capacity.
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