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Blackouts hit Lake Macquarie as 40-plus summer scorcher sizzles Hunter

Simon McCarthy
Updated December 10 2023 - 10:33am, first published December 9 2023 - 6:21pm
Pictures by Peter Lorimer

About 1558 households were without power for more that four hours as the city baked in a scorching summer heat on Saturday, December 9, that saw near-record temperatures.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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