‘Rain bomb’ crushes Sydney with suburban FLOODING and ‘rescues in progress’ as urgent weather warning is issued
- Heavy rains are expected to hit the city imminently, BOM forecasters said on Friday.
- BOM said the rain event was on its way and headed for Sydney “right now”
- The city is struck by lightning as well as damaging wind and rain
Sydney is hit by heavy rain as a storm hits the city, with suburbs reporting flash flooding and emergency services reporting ongoing rescues.
The city was hit by destructive lightning, winds and rains around noon on Friday, with the southwestern metropolitan area worst hit by severe thunderstorms.
The state emergency service reported flooding in the Macarthur area as storms hit the area.
In Ketlyn, in southwest Sydney, 48mm of rain fell in just an hour.
“Multiple flood rescues are underway in the Macarthur region with a multi-agency response underway,” said SES.
Heavy rains and storms are expected to hit Sydney imminently, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned. In the photo, the band of rain heading towards the port city from the south
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning on Friday afternoon
Pictured: The Mooney Mooney Bridge north of Sydney on Friday. The state emergency service reported flooding in the Macarthur area as storms hit the area
A woman’s body was also found in the Snowy Monaro area of the state after her car was reportedly trapped in flood waters.
Police learned that the occupant left the car before being taken away.
His body was found downstream near Tuross at around 7.15 a.m. Friday.
The Bureau of Meteorology had warned of a risk of flash flooding and dangerous driving conditions.
Meteorologists said the storms were “slow” and are expected to hit Sydney Airport at 11:55 am and the CBD at 12:25 pm.
A BoM spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia there was a risk of severe thunderstorms throughout Friday afternoon and into the evening.
“These storms are associated with a larger system bringing rain to the south coast,” said BoM ACT and NSW meteorologist Agata Imielska.
“Since it’s a Friday, it’s really important for anyone going to their home or car for the weekend to look for flash flood warnings.”
The south coast of New South Wales has seen heavy rainfall in recent days and is already subject to a flash flood warning which will likely continue until Saturday.
Lakes Conjola and Moruya both recorded more than 200mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9pm Tuesday.
Parts of Sydney were hit by hail early Friday afternoon as the storm swept through the city. The Bureau of Meteorology expects the risk of severe thunderstorms to continue through Friday evening
Bureau meteorologist Johnathan How said a low pressure in the south of the country was responsible for the recent showers.
“There is the potential for flash floods as the soils are already saturated and rivers will respond quickly to rain,” said How.
“The three-day forecast through Saturday night shows broad agreement between computer models – widespread moderate falls in the east.”
Large parts of Queensland have also been hit by thunderstorms in recent days.
Low pressure system and wide trough in the northern tropics bring showers and storms to the tropics, Queensland and New South Wales
A woman died on Wednesday when her car was washed away in Pullenvale, west Brisbane.
Police, paramedics, firefighters and a police helicopter searched for the woman in the flood waters for an hour until her body was found.
Bad weather delayed the opening day of the Ashes Test held at the Gabba in Brisbane, delaying the game.