Severe storm warning issued for metropolitan area


Sydneysiders have been warned to organize for heavy rainfall, massive hailstones and damaging winds after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a extreme thunderstorm warning for the Sydney metropolitan and surrounding space.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned that, at 9:15pm, extreme thunderstorms have been detected on the climate radar close to Parramatta, Cessnock, Bucketty and Berry.

“These thunderstorms are shifting in the direction of the east to northeast,” the BOM warning stated. “They’re forecast to have an effect on Kiama, Penrith and Kurri Kurri by 9:45pm and Hornsby, Liverpool and Maitland by 10:15pm.”

Lightning flashes across the sky as seen from Newport on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Lightning flashes throughout the sky as seen from Newport on Sydney’s northern seashores.Credit score:Nick Moir

At 8pm, residents in Metropolitan, Illawarra and components of Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Northern Tablelands and South Coast Forecast Districts have been warned to be ready for the chance of flash flooding, massive hailstones and damaging winds over the following a number of hours.

“Areas which can be affected embody Penrith, Parramatta, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral and Katoomba,” the BOM stated in an announcement.

The State Emergency Service advises that folks ought to transfer their automobiles below cowl or away from timber and safe any unfastened objects round the home, yard and balcony.

Lightning over Blacktown as storms move in on Tuesday evening.

Lightning over Blacktown as storms transfer in on Tuesday night.Credit score:Wolter Peeters

Individuals also needs to preserve at the very least eight metres away from fallen energy strains or objects which may be energised, similar to fences. Throughout the storm individuals are suggested to unplug computer systems and home equipment, keep away from utilizing the telephone and keep indoors away from home windows, and preserve kids and pets indoors.

If you’re trapped by flash flooding, the SES advises you to hunt refuge within the highest accessible place and ring 000 in the event you want rescue.

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