A tornado swept through Dubbo, 300km west of Sydney yesterday, while hail, severe winds heavy rain battered Sydney last night, flooding homes and cars and bringing traffic around the city to a standstill.
The SES responded to nearly 600 calls overnight, including 34 flood rescues, mostly in the southern and eastern suburbs of Sydney.
In just 41 minutes to 9.30pm last night, 37 millimetres of rain fell on Sydney, talking yesterday’s total to 54.2mm. It caused flash flooding across the city. The Anzac Bridge was brought to a standstill around 10pm due to flooding and flood-damaged cars were left stranded across the city.
Today’s morning commute is heavy and delayed in the aftermath of last night’s downpour.
In Dubbo, the SES received at least 10 calls for emergency assistance as a result of a tornado.
“It cut a path about 200 metres wide with another 100 metres either side showing debris,” Dubbo State Emergency Services regional controller David Monk told Fairfax Media.
Here’s a look at it.
— NSW Storm Chasers (@NSWStormChasers) August 24, 2015
— Michael Hansen (@MikeEhansen) August 24, 2015
The Bureau of Meteorology said the weather system would continue to effect the Illawarra and South Coast region today as it moved across the state.
Here’s some more photos of the wild weather.
— Migration Alliance (@lianaallan) August 24, 2015
It's hailing like crazy on Oxford St in the city!!! https://t.co/ZiEJqPrauA
— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) August 24, 2015
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) August 24, 2015
— Drew McKillican (@mckdrew) August 24, 2015
— Left Leaner™ (@Ronnie1924) August 24, 2015
— Maddie Francis (@Lilybug_Love) August 24, 2015
— Christopher Ball (@_Chris_Ball) August 24, 2015
— Darren M Pearce (@DPCEOATC) August 24, 2015
The BOM predicts that the storm will continue to strenghten throughout the day to generate vigorous onshore winds with peak gusts of 90 km/h, and heavy rainfall before gradually weakening during Wednesday.
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