Thousands of homes without power due to wind

Thousands of homes are without power as strong wind rips through parts of the Hunter today.

Ausgrid said power supply was out for about 1700 homes and businesses in Rathmines and parts of Toronto.

The power supply is also interrupted to about 1200 Ausgrid customers in parts of Raymond Terrace and Twelve Mile Creek.

Emergency crews have restored power to about 1600 homes in Arcadia Vale and Fishing Point and to more than 900 customers in parts of Nelson Bay and Anna Bay.

Power is also back on at about 1800 homes and businesses between Booragul and Fennell Bay.

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Weather warnings

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings for both damaging wind and surf in the Hunter.

Damaging wind with peak gusts around 100 km/h were expected to develop this morning for parts of the region.

The heavy surf was also forecast to arrive early today, possibly leading to localised damage and coastal erosion on south facing beaches.

Beach conditions could be dangerous and people are advised to stay away.

Due to the wind, the State Emergency Service has advised that people should:

*Move vehicles under cover or away from trees

*Secure or put away loose items

*Keep clear of fallen power lines

To contact the SES for emergency help: 132 500

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