Sydney Copped A Massive Battering, But It's Not Over Yet
Heavy rains, huge hailstones, and wild wind wreaked havoc on parts of Sydney and NSW on Thursday evening.
The SES received 1096 calls overnight and responded to 600, with the worst affected areas including Blacktown, Goulburn, Liverpool and the Hills district.
They also performed three flood rescues for people who became trapped in flood waters in their vehicles.
The storm hit the Illawarra region first and gradually travelled up the coast. At about 6.30pm emergency services worked to free a truck from flood waters in Wollongong. No one was injured.
Four large storm cells proved dangerous at around 5pm, with Penrith and Parramatta in Sydney's west being battered by huge hailstones. Parts of south-west Sydney including Narellan, Cobbitty and Camden also copped some hail.
Multiple lightning strikes and hailstones hit the Blacktown area in Sydney's west, meanwhile, there were more than 190 calls for help in Parramatta.
Mona Vale in Sydney's north was hit with 120mms of rain in just two hours. The SES responded to 65 calls for help in other parts of the northern beaches.
Ausgrid crews worked into the early hours of Friday morning, trying to help more than 25,000 customers who lost power during the storm. There were over 2,000 lighting strikes throughout NSW between 9pm and 11.30pm.
International and domestic flights were delayed by an average of 90 minutes and more than 20 flights were cancelled at the airport. The Federal Government gave special permission for some flights to leave the airport after the 11pm curfew.
Most out-going flights, however, were left without a take-off time as incoming planes needed to land. At midnight, a number of flights were turned back from the tarmac to the terminal.
Airport staff will face a backlog of passengers and flights on Friday.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of NSW, but was cancelled in the early hours of Friday morning. The Bureau of Meteorology expects intense storms to redevelop on Friday afternoon.
There is currently a marine wind warning in place for Sydney Closed Waters, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast.
According to the NSW Bureau of Meteorology, storms will continue on Friday and into the weekend.
"It still looks like there will be lingering showers for the next few days and into the weekend possibly," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Chau Zhi-weng told 10 daily.
Parts of Queensland are also set to experience heavy rain and possible storms on Friday.
The Bureau Of Meteorology is urging people in both Brisbane and Sydney to exercise caution when driving and to watch for serve thunderstorm warnings.
The SES is urging people to stay off the roads and change their travel plans before the rain hits. An SES spokesperson told 10 daily flood rescues are dangerous procedures and such situations can be avoided by people staying off the roads.
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