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Massive crane topples over in Newcastle causing traffic delays

A huge crane which toppled over due in strong winds hitting Australia's east coast has caused traffic major traffic delays.

The crane rolled over on Industrial Drive in Mayfield West in Newcastle at 7am on Tuesday. 

Motorist from both directions were affected and were diverted through other streets as work began to remove the crane.

The crane (pictured) rolled over on Industrial Drive in Mayfield West in Newcastle about 7am on Tuesday

Two hours later, salvage crews had propped up the crane but traffic remains heavy 

Two hours later, salvage crews had propped up the crane but traffic remained heavy. 

'The site’s been cleared and all westbound lanes have reopened. Continue to allow extra time as heavy traffic eases,' Live Traffic NSW tweeted. 

Strong winds and thunderstorms have battered the east coast since last Friday with the wild weather expected to continue throughout the week.

Power lines, trees and cables have already come down across New South Wales and areas of Queensland.  

Hail wider than 5cm, heavy rainfall and wind gusts in excess of 100km/h are forecast as likely for Brisbane, Rockhampton in central Queensland and the Gold Coast.

The effects of a low pressure coastal trough will extend into northern NSW on Wednesday with the threat of thunderstorms in Armadale, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. 

BOM meteorologist Jonathan How said the thunderstorm threat for south-east Queensland would extend into Thursday. 

The NSW State Emergency Service's Hunter region units received 362 calls for help on Monday, and spent the day rescuing horses, patching up tree damage and repairing leaky roofs. 

A fallen tree in Queensland as wild weather battered the Australian east coast. The wild weather will continue for another three days, meteorologists have warned

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