Many of our readers took advantage of the spectacular lightning show during last night’s storm (December 20) to snap a few photos, while others captured images of the destruction left behind.
Emergency crews have being working to clear the debris from roadways, while Essential Energy crews work to restore power.
Many residents and businesses around the Mid Coast region have been left without with many powerlines damaged during the strong winds.
More than 60,000 customers experienced power outages overnight, after strong winds and torrential rains hit the New South Wales.
Around 35,000 773,500 lightning strikes were recorded between 7pm and midnight on Thursday (December 20) within an 75km radius of Gloucester, which encompasses the Manning Valley, the Great Lakes and the Barrington Tops.
Outage updates are available on the Essential Energy website outages page at https://www.essentialenergy.com.au/outages-and-faults/power-outages