Australia struck by flooding in Sydney, bushfires in Queensland

The Sydney Storm Is Causing Chaos With A Month’s Rainfall In Just Hours

Flights were cancelled, railway lines closed and motorists stranded on flooded roads as a month's worth of rain fell on Sydney early Wednesday, leaving emergency services battling to respond.

Sydney Airport, the country's busiest, said it cancelled at least 20 flights after closing two of its three runways, while the majority of flights that continued suffered delays.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said within just a few hours Sydney got more than 100 mm of rain, a level that the country's most populous city would normally get through the whole of November. One person was killed in a auto crash and two police officers were seriously injured when a tree fell on them as they helped a stranded driver.

The two officers were injured while helping clear vehicles trapped on a flooded road in North Ryde. One officer was in serious condition while the other received minor injuries. The male office was being assessed for a possible concussion. West Pennant Hills recorded 73mm of rain in one hour and Mossman noted 61mm in only 30 minutes.

Shoalhaven's Porters Creek dam recorded the state's highest total so far, copping 152mm to 9am.

About 130 domestic flights and four global flights have been cancelled due to the weather.

NSW Police are urging motorists to "take extra care on the roads today with horrendous weather now lashing Sydney".

New South Wales state Assistant Police Commissioner Michael Corboy said: "We are asking all road users to reconsider the need to be on the roads throughout what will be a severe rain event today". Parramatta River ferries are not working between Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park and have been replaced by buses.

Roseville Bridge and dozens of roads across the city were shut due to flash flooding while a landslide on Spit Road in Mosman also caused issues.

The Woolworths supermarket at at Town Hall was forced to close after water began pouring through the walls and roof.

The SES is also braced for more call outs from tree damage with the rains softening the soil and wind gusts of up to 90km/h occurring as part of the storm.

The low pressure system which caused havoc for commuters and emergency services on Wednesday is expected to move on from the NSW coast by Thursday morning, easing conditions in Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter region.



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