Man dies in NSW deluge
A MAN died as savage thunderstorms lashed the Illawarra in New South Wales, yesterday, swamping suburbs and wreaking havoc with road and rail networks. The State Emergency Service said it had received almost 600 calls for help. Spokesman Phil Campbell said there had been 35 flood rescues, including 16 children and their carers saved from a preschool south of Wollongong. The storm victim’s body was found at Warilla. It is believed the man, in his 40s, had drowned. About 200mm of rain fell across the region yesterday.