NSW storms: Thousands of homes left without power
MORE than 10,000 homes in the Blue Mountains and another 6000 in Sydney's south were still without power at lunch time after a wild storm hit parts of the state ovenright.
NSW SES received 1629 jobs with numbers climbing as people find damage to their property.
Worst affected areas are the Illawarra, South Coast and Sydney Metro, around Bexley, Canterbury and Marrickville with people being rescued from flooded cars and strong wind gusts.
It caused delayed and diverted flights, brought down trees and power lines, and closed roads and even some schools across the region.
Snow 20cm deep was even reported in some parts of the Blue Mountains.
On Wednesday afternoon, The Bureau of Meteorology reported Sydney proper had more than 70mm of rain throughout the day after 9.4mm late on Tuesday night, while Ulladulla on the south coast was hit by about 171mm of rain overnight.
The State Emergency Service reported that the intense low that affected the Illawarra and Sydney coastline overnight was now offshore around the Hunter area and is no longer impacting land areas.
"The main low is well offshore about 150 km to the east of Sydney and will move away this afternoon and evening.
Severe weather is now focusing on:
- Gale force wind gusts (up to 90 km/hr) along the coastal fringe and are no longer destructive.
- Large surf with 6 metres waves off Sydney - up to 8 metres.
- Heavy rain has now abated.
- Thunderstorms are offshore and no longer a risk.
- For emergency help call the SES on 132 500 or 000 if it is a life-threatening emergency. Please stay clear of damaged structures and fallen powerlines and never enter floodwater.
For the latest road information, go to www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.
For the latest weather information visit the Bureau of Meteorology at www.bom.gov.au/nsw
The ABC reported that lightning caused a house fire at Pennant Hills, in Sydney's north.
About 20 firefighters fought another house fire at Guildford, but it was unclear if lightning sparked that blaze.