Sydney Floods: Experts Warn A Short Reprieve Is Here, But The Storms Will Be Back Next Week

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Although Sydney started to flood this week, weather experts say that we may receive a short-lived reprieve from the torrential downpour. Just in time for Mardi Gras too, thank gay Jesus.

Sydney’s main water source the Warragamba Dam overflowed on Wednesday morning and since then, suburbs have noticed a significant amount of rising water. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has predicted the Warragamba Dam could stay at or above full capacity for approximately two weeks.

The storms that originally wreaked havoc in southeast Queensland are now moving through Sydney and towards Melbourne, though experts say they’ll be back in Sydney soon enough. Some girls just can’t get enough of ol’ Sydvegas.

Penrith, Parramatta, Picton and Marrickville specifically were reported to have started to flood and more than 500,000 individuals were told to evacuate as apocalyptic rain lashed parts of NSW.

Multiple evacuation orders across the state have been lifted, with the worst of the NSW flooding predicted to have hit on Thursday night. However, severe thunderstorm warnings are still out for the mid-north coast and the Hunter region.

New evacuation orders are out for those living near the Cumberland Reach, Hawkesbury River and Gloucester River.

“Flash flooding is definitely on the cards, through Sydney down to about Bega,” said BoM Meteorologist Jackson Brown earlier this week.

“We have flood warnings from the Hunter right down towards the Victorian border.

“As well as that, with all that easterly moisture pouring in, it’s whipped up the waves so we have abnormal tides and we’re looking at quite a bit of coastal erosion along some of the places south of Newcastle.”

You’ve probably come across a multitude of horrifying images from the Queensland and northern NSW floods, including imagery of many a displaced item or cow.

At the time of publication, there were at least 10 confirmed deaths from the floods, including one Emergency Service worker who died while trying to rescue a family in Coolana. Hundreds of people remain unaccounted for.

More than 1,000 residents across NSW have been rescued so far.

Wild gusts of 125km/h are predicted for Sydney this week, and severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are still predicted to appear over multiple regions.

Sydney received a total of 200mm of rain over Tuesday and Wednesday — the worst days so far — while the rest of the week saw a less intense rainfall.

Kiama and Batemans Bay reportedly received 230mm over the two days.

“There will be storms. There will be trees down. There will be roof damage. There will be power breakages,” NSW State Emergency Services (SES) Commissioner Carlene York told Nine.

“But I ask the community to be patient, because we will be doing rescue operations first and prioritising that over property damage.

“We’re working closely with the bureau in relation to our preparations for the Central Coast, the metropolitan area, the South Coast and into the mountain ranges as well towards the Southern Highlands and southern district.”

Stay safe out there friends.