Thu, 14 Mar, 2019
NSW and Queensland pummelled by severe thunderstorms
NSW and Queensland have been pummelled by severe thunderstorms, and it doesn’t look like the weather is going to ease up over the weekend.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) responded to more than 620 calls for help overnight as the weather system made its way over the greater Sydney region and the South Coast.
At one point during the storm, up to 25,000 homes were without power in Sydney.
More than 20,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the greater Sydney area.
With 60mm of rain falling in the west and just 10mm in the CBD, the impacts of the storm were felt across the Sydney region.
Some houses were hit by large chunks of hail.
— Lexi McLeod (@lexi_mcleod) March 14, 2019
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Some people were in awe at the natural thunderstorm that was happening in front of their eyes.
— Remy Jansons (@RemyJansons) March 14, 2019
— Jim (@RealBoganJim) March 14, 2019
— Marky (@summitone77) March 14, 2019
Greg Murphy, the NSW SES deputy operations controller warned people that the Sydney storm isn’t over. He told 9news:
"As a total, (we received) about 630 calls for assistance, which is not too bad considering the ferocity of the storm.
"The outlook is for more storms perhaps tonight and into the weekend, so we may have more to come."
Queensland didn’t get off easy either, with a completely separate heavy storm system making its way through south-east Queensland.
With the Bureau of Meteorology warning Queenslanders of the “very dangerous cell” that was crossing areas from Warwick to Rainbow Beach, people did their best to stay out of the dangerous weather.
Another active #QldStorm day tomorrow. ⛈ Severe storms with damaging winds and heavy rainfall for the southern Central Highlands and #SEQld. Large hail possible over inland areas. ⚡️ Stay up to date with forecasts at https://t.co/xGN9MeK7sh pic.twitter.com/B0aJNkxFH7
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) March 14, 2019
Did you manage to stay dry during this wild weather? Let us know in the comments.