VIDEO, GALLERY: Records tumble in big wet

DAILY rainfall records for January have been broken across the Hunter after the skies opened on Monday night.
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Heavy rain fell until 9am yesterday resulting in the University of Newcastle, Cessnock, Scone, Maitland and Gosford all breaking long-held records.

David Sercombe, from Weatherwatch, said the low-pressure system drew down tropical moisture from the monsoon trough in Queensland.

‘‘This resulted in the very heavy rainfalls in northern and central NSW,’’ Mr Sercombe said.

Newcastle University recorded 94millimetres, Scone (84mm) and Maitland (67mm) marking their highest January daily rainfall in over 15 years.

Cessnock (80mm) claimed its highest daily rainfall for January in 22 years. Gosford recorded a whopping 197mm, its wettest January day since 1978.

This was not far behind the all-time daily record of 229mm set during the June floods of 2007.

State Emergency Service Hunter region controller Greg Perry said the SES had received 253 requests for help since the rain started on Saturday.

Online Herald readers have submitted their own photos of the carnage caused by wind, water and waves. Click here to view the gallery.

He said units closest to the coast such as Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens, had been the busiest.

SES crews had mostly responded to leaking roofs and overflow caused from blocked drains. They had also been sandbagging areas such as near shops on King Street Newcastle but Mr Perry said this was more as a precaution.

‘‘People have been worried because of what happened during the floods in 2007 but this is a non-event in comparison,’’ he said.

The Hunter Region SES issued a minor flood warning for the Hunter River yesterday afternoon but were confident the water level would lower.

Cessnock Campus of Hunter TAFE was closed yesterday due to a loss of power to the area.

Several NSW north coast schools have been affected by the weather, most through isolation by floods but also by power cuts and other damage.

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Photo by Matt Stewart.

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

GOOD HEAVENS: Images from Newcastle yesterday. Pictures by Grant Sproule, Darren Pateman, Jonathan Carroll and Max Mason-Hubers

Hunter public schools will return as normal today.

MERWETHER: View from Strezlecki Lookout. Picture submitted by Jacquie Stewart.


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