Posted: 15 October, 2014
by Web Guy Oscar
Storm Lashes Sydney
Flooding and Severe Storms
Just when you thought summer was practically here, Mother Nature turned on Sydney and surrounds, lashing the city with severe winds, torrential rain, flash flooding and even snow in the Blue Mountains.
Two homes went up in flames at the height of the storm around 9.30 Tuesday night. One caused by a lightning strike at Normanhurst while a dozen passengers had to be rescued from a train, stranded by flooding at North Bexley.
Meantime the State Emergency Service were kept busy with more than 1000 calls for help, with nearly 60 of those being flood rescues and mainly south and south west of Sydney.
"Wind gusts of up to 161k/ph at the Royal National Park, and nearer to 100 k/ph along other parts of the coast have brought down trees and power lines and damaged homes and businesses," said Phil Campbell from the SES.
As of 7:30am Wednesday morning around 8000 homes and business are without power this morning around the city's south, inner west and northern beaches - such as Engadine, Kurnell, Petersham, Punchbowl, Lidcomb and more.
Almost a year to the day horrific bushfires ripped through the Blue Mountains destroying hundreds of homes, up to 15mm of snow has fallen - including Lithgow.
It's caused plenty of issues on the roads with tree branches brought down due to the weight of the snow.
Currently it's chaos for the train line to Katoomba, and is closed from Lithgow onwards. There are no replacement buses as many of the roads are still closed.
For emergency help call the SES on 132 500 or 000 if it is a life-threatening emergency. For the latest road information, go to www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701. For the latest weather information visit the Bureau of Meteorology at www.bom.gov.au/nsw