Severe thunderstorms batter east coast of NSW with flash flooding and power outages



December 13, 2018 22:43:35

Emergency services have carried out four flood rescues as severe thunderstorms lashed the New South Wales east coast.

Key points:

  • Campbelltown and Wollondilly were the worst-affected areas
  • The SES responded to more than 400 calls for assistance
  • Winds of up to 107 kph were recorded at Coonamble Airport

Motorists in Menai, Fairfield, Auburn and Guilford had to be rescued after they became trapped by flash flooding.

The State Emergency Service said it had received more than 400 requests for assistance since the storms hit earlier this afternoon.

Campbelltown and Wollondilly were the worst affected.

Video captured at Campbelltown showed lightning appear to strike a crane.

A power outage at Wests League Club at Campbelltown caused poker machines to lose power but most of the machines were back on by 9:30pm.

A power outage also caused trains on the Blue Mountains line, between Katoomba and Springwood, to stop running for some time.

The Transport Management Centre said weather conditions at Wentworth Falls were to blame.

The Bureau of Meteorology said 41mm of rain fell between 7:35pm and 8:05pm at Auburn in Sydney’s west, while 37mm fell at Guilford during the same time.

Storms stretch length of state

Wind gusts of up to 105 kph were recorded at Narrabri West on the north-west slopes and 107kph at Coonamble Airport.

The Bureau of Meteorology earlier issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the eastern half of the state, stretching from Tenterfield and Moree in the north, through to Newcastle, Gosford and Sydney and south to Albury and Deniliquin.

It said by 9:00pm, the severe thunderstorm threat had passed.

NSW SES duty operations coordinator Emma Delaney said most of the calls they had received were from the Sydney metropolitan area and involved damage to roofs, trees down and water entering homes.







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