Australia – Flash Floods in Sydney After a Month of Rain in 2 Hours

A series of storms lashed Sydney and nearby regions in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, causing flash floods and wind damage.

Bureau of Meteorology, (BOM) New South Wales said Sydney saw its wettest day since 1984. Sydney Observatory recorded 105.6 mm of rain on 28 November, 2018, most of it within a couple of hours. The city’s monthly average for November is around 104 mm, according to WMO figures. Wind gusts of over 90 km/h were also recorded in parts of Sydney.

Emergency teams responded to more than 500 calls for assistance. NSW State Emergency Service (SES) said they performed 12 flood rescues, 11 of which were vehicles trapped in floods. Images on Social Media showed flooded roads, buildings and train stations.

Fire and Rescue NSW said crews were working hard dealing with downed power lines and falling trees. More than 50 flights were cancelled and public transport services delayed.

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