DAMAGING winds averaging 60 to 70km per hour will reach the Hunter region this afternoon and continue through to tomorrow morning.
Wind gusts are predicted to reach over 90km per hour and temperatures will dramatically drop overnight, as the vigorous cold front sweeps through.
Wind speeds could average 80 to 90 km per hour and peak wind gusts could exceed 120 km per hour in alpine areas above 1900 metres.
A second cold front will pass through on Friday, showing possibility for snow above 800 metres and chances of showers across the Upper Hunter.
State Emergency Service Advice:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 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 093as 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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