30,000 Without Power After A Chunk Of NSW Hit By Super Gnarly Storm

Because months of unbearable heat and offensively-high humidity had to break eventually, Australia’s Eastern coast has been rightly thrashed by storms over the past week or so.

And while Brisbane had its time to shine (ha!) over the weekend and Melbourne is doing just fine right now thank you very much, Sydney and much of NSW endured some massive thunderstorms this afternoon, complete with wind, hail, fuck-off “sideways-rain” and one kickass photograph of lighting.

While the worst of the storm is over for now, with the Bureau of Meteorology releasing an update at 7pm ADST to say severe thunderstorms in the warning area have temporarily eased, BOM have also stated that “further severe thunderstorms are still possible” throughout the state.
Now the State Emergency Service and other emergency workers are scrambling as over 30,000 homes are left without power and SES volunteers conduct flood rescues and respond to 160 reports of storm damage in Mount Druitt alone.
Fallen trees, lightning and rain have naturally caused delays to across roads and the Sydney Trains network, which have in turn been exacerbated by rush hour. 
According to power company Endeavour Energy, lightning and strong winds disrupted power to more than 33,000 homes and businesses “at the height of the storm,” and, due to the size of the affected areas, many residents will unfortunately have to go without power for the night.

“The most significant damage has been in the suburbs in and around Plumpton where lightning interrupted all supply from the major substation providing electricity to the area.”

“This affected power to 14,000 homes and businesses across Whalan, Lethbridge Park, Rooty Hill, Bidwill, Blackett, Shalvey, Dharruk and Emerton.”

Crews are now making repairs across the state, working on fallen tress and power lines as well as maintaining power. Trees have also brought power lines down across the city, with crews expected to work late into the night making repairs. 

Residents can find more information and upcoming warnings at the BOM website. Stay safe out there folks!
Source: SMH.
Photo: Twitter / NSW Ambulance.