Saturday, 07 December, 2019


Flooding, traffic chaos as heavy rains lash Sydney

Sydney Streets Turn Into Rivers As Australia Storm Causes Chaos Flooding, traffic chaos as heavy rains lash Sydney
Kristine Garrett | 28 November, 2018, 20:56

The NSW SES has had about 500 calls for help and rescued 12 people from floodwaters, mainly in the city's north.

One person was reported killed and two police officers were injured after torrential rain lashed Sydney, Australia, early on Wednesday.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said within just a few hours Sydney received more than 100mm of rain, a level that the country's most populous city would normally receive throughout the whole of November.

WEATHER WARNING: Streets are flooded, roads are closed, flights are cancelled and the heaviest of the rain is still to come as Sydney is smashed by heavy rain and damaging winds. The male office was being assessed for a possible concussion. REUTERS/David Gray Vehicles sit on a road that leads onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge as strong winds and floods cause traffic problems in Sydney, Australia, November 28, 2018.

West Pennant Hills, in the city's west, recorded 72.5mm in an hour, while 44mm fell in 30 minutes at Chatswood bowling club. About 90 domestic flights and four global flights were cancelled, with passengers urged to contact their airlines for more details.

"In most cases, people have just driven into flood waters, followed other people into flood waters, their cars have stopped and we've had to go and help them out", Greg Murphy told Sydney's 2GB radio.

Strong winds in the northern state have exacerbated major bushfires.

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The central Sydney area had received 90 millimetres of rain

NSW Police are urging motorists to "take extra care on the roads today with horrendous weather now lashing Sydney".

"We can not stress enough that motorists should never attempt to drive through flood waters or cross flooded causeways", said assistant commissioner Michael Corboy of NSW Police.

More than 10,000 homes and businesses lost power due to fallen trees, lightning strikes and flood-affected wiring in Sydney and the Hunter region.

The Woolworths supermarket at Sydney's Town Hall was forced to close after water began pouring through the walls and roof.

The severe conditions were the result of a line of thunderstorms that rumbled across New South Wales, extending from the northwest of the state down to the southeast of the Sydney Basin.

She says there is also a high chance of isolated thunderstorm activity, but we can expect the rain and the winds to ease later tonight and into Thursday morning.

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