PHOTO: Matthew Fordham snaps a dark cloud at Maitland. 

It’s a big afternoon of storms with numerous fronts making their way across northern NSW. One cell produced a tornado near Bundella in central west NSW. All this activity is due to a developing low. Its centre passed over the Hunter this afternoon allowing the sun to shine before a strong storm front swept in from the south across the Valley causing heavy down pours.

The low will deepen tonight and powerful southerly winds will move quickly up the coast. The low will be pushed offshore so the winds will ease during Friday afternoon and the inclement weather will clear for the Hunter, Central Coast and NW for the weekend. The northern NSW coast and SE QLD will see a couple of small isolated showers still push through. There is another strong system to move back in during the middle of next week.