Sydney Is In Full Clean Up Mode After Last Night’s Truly Hectic Storm

Sydney Storm

The clean-up is on after yesterday’s wild Sydney storm, that saw tens of thousands of houses without power across the city and the Hunter and Illawarra regions, and a number of drivers rescued from flood waters by the State Emergency Service.

The city was lashed by a severe storm cell early on Friday evening, with heavy rainfall, hail, damaging winds and flash flooding in areas such as Parramatta. As many as 40,000 houses were without power at the height of the storm, with supply slowly being restored to affected suburbs.

Nine drivers were rescued across Sydney after becoming trapped in their cars due to rising waters. SES coordinator Vanessa Hutchison told Fairfax: “All of them had driven into flood water. Please do not drive or walk through flood water.”

Videos posted to social media show the severity of the Sydney storm, and one shows an unfortunate Porsche that appears to have been taken out by a falling tree branch:

Westfield in Parramatta copped some flooding as a result of the heavy rain:

A number of commuters found themselves stuck on public transport, as roadways in the city turned into lakes:

Ausgrid has warned that more severe thunderstorms are forecast today in the northeast and southeast parts of New South Wales, and has cautioned residents to secure loose items in their yards so they don’t damage power lines.