Sydney To Have 'Extended' Power Outages After Mega Storm
Tens of thousands of people across Sydney are still without power after severe thunderstorms caused serious damage to the electricity network on Tuesday.
At least 24,000 homes are still without power on Wednesday afternoon, mostly in Sydney's north.
Ausgrid has urged customers in the worst affected areas to plan for another possible night without power as the network is restored.
Traffic lights in some areas are also expected to be impacted by the outage.
Ausgrid said on Wednesday morning the worst damage occurred in the Belrose area, about 20 kilometres north-east of the Sydney CBD.
Power was restored to 4000 homes on Tuesday night and a further 24,000 by mid-morning on Wednesday.
Some 2100 homes across the Hawkesbury, Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains were without power on Tuesday evening, according to Endeavour Energy. By Wednesday evening all of those had been restored.
Customers in rural areas, or those who required "complex repairs" were told they had to manage without power overnight.
Emergency services worked through the night on Tuesday to remove major hazards, including fallen power lines and trees.
Crews are still responding to at least 1500 hazards, and people have been told they may need to avoid these during their morning commute.
"Stay well clear of any fallen wires or debris. If you see fallen power lines always assume they are live and stay at least eight metres away," Ausgrid said in a statement on Wednesday morning.
Destructive storms smashed Sydney on Tuesday afternoon, with winds of up to 90 kilometres an hour bringing down trees and damaging homes and cars.
Rain and some hail added to the chaos in the city. There were delays across Sydney's train network, with services on some lines stopping completely until the weather passed.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicted the storm would move quickly though the Sydney region. After smashing the city, clouds headed to the Central Coast and Hunter regions.
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