Lightning strikes, violent storm shatter the city

Notara said that between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., just over 300 bolts of lightning struck the ground within 50 kilometers of Parramatta and another 550 were recorded in the clouds.

An earlier storm on Tuesday afternoon, centered on western Sydney, caused 1,700 lightning strikes plus hail in just one hour.

Weatherzone’s Yoska Hernandez said hail was recorded in western and southern Sydney, as well as in the Blue Mountains, Illawarra, the southern Highlands and northern parts of the Shoalhaven.

She said between 2pm Tuesday and 7am Wednesday 65,438 strikes were registered within the greater 100km radius of Sydney.

SES spokesman Adam Jones said the agency was concerned about a thunderstorm over the Northern Rivers and a possible storm in the southeastern state Wednesday afternoon that could bring hail and damaging winds.

He advised people to avoid parking under trees.

“With the strong winds, we are reminding the community that the soil, no matter how soggy, is really at risk of trees falling.”

The SES is still helping flood-hit communities in inland NSW, he said, including the still isolated northwestern town of Wee Waa.

Rural lands were also cut off by flooding along the Macquarie, Lachlan, Bogan, Gwydir, Namoi and Culgoa rivers. Some farmers were cut off for weeks.

“In all these areas we are seeing rural isolation and the NSW SES is supporting these farmers with translocation of livestock, feeding livestock and taking care of the farmers themselves.


“They are resilient people, but the duration of this situation means we have had to help more and more.

“There were no flood rescues overnight, which was fantastic to see after seeing double digit numbers for the last week or two,” Jones said.

“But as conditions relax and we see water flowing through these [river] There is still a risk in these areas, and any rain coming in the next week or so could cause flash flooding in any area of ​​the state, so we ask the community to remain vigilant.

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