A 91 mm rainfall in 90 minutes caused havoc in Sydney on Wednesday with roads going under water. The Sydney flash floods also hit the electricity supply with power cuts being reported from several parts of the harbour city.
Many people called for emergency assistance within two hours of the storms and rains that lashed nearby regions, causing floods on Wednesday morning, Met said.
With Wednesday’s downpour already equalling rainfall of the monthly average, authorities have urged people to stay safe ahead of more forecast storms later in the day.
As per the Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, this has been the region’s wettest November day since 1984. “The intensity of that rainfall was phenomenal — 91mm fell in 90 minutes.
Reports said, at least dozen people were rescued from vehicles trapped in floods, while one man died in a car accident.
Sydney Airport has repeatedly closed one of its runways during the morning as it tries to operate amid strong winds and 45mm of rain. Around 130 domestic flights and four international flights have been cancelled due to the weather.
A severe thunderstorm warning for heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hailstones is still current for the Sydney metro and the Illawarra regions and parts of the Hunter, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Northern Tablelands.