A severe thunderstorm hits Sydney, bringing torrential downpours, flooding roads and causing traffic delays across the city.
The Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday warned of a severe thunderstorm stretching from Greater Wollongong to Sydney Airport, with a broader warning from Nowra to the CBD and west towards Blacktown.
The storm is moving across the city, and two out of three westbound lanes on the Western Distributor, behind Pyrmont Bridge Road, have been closed due to flooding.
Flooding also affects roads in Illawarra and further north in Kogarah.
Some buses have been diverted to avoid flooding roads, while flooding has also been reported in parts of the Royal National Park.
Footage shared in an Illawarra community Facebook group shows a car being washed out to sea by flooded water.
The State Ambulance Service has responded to more than 500 calls for help so far on Thursday. Most of the calls for help came from the Illawarra region.
Sharon Fox, deputy commander of SES’s southern zone, said local flooding had caused several roads to be closed.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/severe-thunderstorm-hits-sydney-20230209-p5cj9q.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national_nsw A severe thunderstorm hits the city, flooding streets and delaying traffic