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Sydney Braces for Severe Thunderstorm: A Developing Scenario

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Geeta Pillai
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Sydney Braces for Severe Thunderstorm: A Developing Scenario

As Sydney braces for a significant thunderstorm, its residents and authorities are preparing for potential impacts that may include heavy rainfall, strong winds, lightning, and possibly hail. Such weather events can disrupt daily activities, causing transportation delays, power outages, and property damage. Emergency services are gearing up to respond to any incidents that may arise.

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Sudden Onset of Storm

A sudden thunderstorm hit Sydney, causing chaos during the evening commute. The Bureau of Meteorology had issued a severe storm warning for parts of the city, with the inland Hunter, the southern Highlands, and Illawarra regions also being in the storm's path. The storm was triggered by a broad low-pressure system over southern inland New South Wales, which began drifting southeast, bringing thunderstorms to Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Continued Rainfall Forecast

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The rain is not expected to stop anytime soon. Predictions indicate that Sydney could receive up to 300mm of rain over the next two days. Forecasts also suggest that parts of the Gippsland and the Otways could face as much as 200mm of rain over the next 24 to 36 hours. The storm is expected to ease on Thursday in southeast Queensland before returning on Friday. Multiple flood warnings are in place in Queensland, and severe heatwave conditions are expected to build along the east coast before easing on Friday.

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Emergency Response and Rescue Operations

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Heavy rain has already led to two flood rescue operations in South Nowra and St Georges Basin. Victorian State Emergency Service personnel responded to more than 300 calls for help, with most relating to fallen trees blocking roads due to strong winds. In New South Wales, emergency crews have responded to seven rescues, with over 20 homes being affected by flooding in Deniliquin, in the state's southwest.

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Impact on Other Australian Cities

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Other Australian cities are also facing the onslaught of the storm. Canberra, Australia’s capital, recorded its highest daily rainfall in almost four years, with more rain expected in the coming days. Melbourne is forecast to see up to 20mm of rain alongside strong winds. Brisbane is set to experience possible storms on Wednesday and Friday, with sunny intervals in between. Showers are expected to stay over Melbourne through to Saturday, with temperatures ranging from 15C to 19C.

The scenario is still developing, and further information will become available as the storm progresses and the extent of its impacts become clear.

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