Thou­sands go with­out power as heavy rains, light­ning lash Syd­ney

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - WORLD - —AFP

Syd­ney: Thou­sands of Syd­ney homes were with­out power Satur­day af­ter se­vere storms hit Aus­tralia’s largest city, caus­ing trans­port hold-ups, in­un­dat­ing ve­hi­cles with flood­wa­ter and de­lay­ing a na­tional foot­ball match.

Heavy rains and light­ning storms lashed parts of Syd­ney late Fri­day, with close to 60 mil­lime­tres (nearly two and a half inches) of rain fall­ing in some ar­eas.

In Syd­ney’s west, which ex­pe­ri­enced some flash flood­ing, one sub­urb saw nearly 42 mil­lime­tres fall in a short down­pour last­ing just 30 min­utes.

“It was a slow-mov­ing storm with that warm hu­mid air mov­ing along the coast... that al­lowed for that in­crease of mois­ture,” By­ron Doyle from the New South Wales Bureau of me­te­o­rol­ogy said.

Images of cars sub­merged in flood­wa­ters on main roads, bro­ken traf­fic lights and fallen trees cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia. En­ergy com­pa­nies re­ported that more than 40,000 cus­tomers were af­fected by power

out­ages at the peak of the storm overnight, with more than 5,000 still with­out power early Satur­day.

Emer­gency ser­vices fielded over 1,000 re­quests for as­sis­tance, in­clud­ing nine flood res­cues in the Syd­ney area. The res­cues were “all for ve­hi­cles in flood wa­ter,” a New South Wales state emer­gency ser­vices spokesper­son said.

—REUTERS

A storm cloud is seen from a plane in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

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