Hunter residents are being told to prepare for severe weather this afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for flash flooding and large hailstones.
Weather is no barrier for the Carols by Candlelight at Speers Point though, with the show going ahead this evening.
The Carols ‘took a short break’ this afternoon to allow the weather to pass, but Lake Macquarie City Council said it was now back on.
The State Emergency Service advises that people move cars under cover, unplug computers and appliances and stay indoors away from windows.
They also advise that people don’t walk, ride or drive through flood water.
For emergency help during floods and storms, ring the SES on 132 500.
For the latest weather information from the Bureau of Meteorology, click here.