Airport closed as rain and winds lash Sydney

Written By komlim puldel on Selasa, 14 Oktober 2014 | 20.01

A cold wintry blast has blanketed the Alps with residents of Falls Creek waking to around 10cm of fresh snow. Temperatures plummeted to mid winter levels at minus 3.7C. Further snow flurries are expected tomorrow. Locals revelled in snow play today at the Alpine Village

  • Severe weather warning in place
  • Sydney Airport closed
  • Thredbo covered in snow

FOR the second time in 24 hours Sydney was ravaged by a powerful storm, with wild winds, torrential rain and lightning strikes causing mayhem from the city to the Blue Mountains.

As many as 20 motorists had to be rescued from their flooded vehicles as the heavy downpour turned low lying streets from Rockdale to Milperra into raging rivers.

At the height of the storm, which hit Sydney at 9.20pm, 5500 homes in Sydney's south lost power as police, firefighters and SES attended more than 400 weather-related emergencies.

Sydney Airport had recorded wind gusts of up to 100km/h and received 35mm of rain in a few hours, forcing delays of both domestic and international flights.

The freak weather conditions resulted in spring snowfalls in Blackheath and adjoining suburbs in the Blue Mountains.

The snow and ice caused the closure of the Great Western Highway in both directions between Bathurst and Blackheath. City residents reported a "massive lighting bolt" hitting the Sydney Tower at about 10pm.

"There were several lighting strikes, before one caused a direct hit and then it just went dark," Ian Ross reported on social media.

Nice weather for ducks: Rockfishermen at Long Reef. Source: News Corp Australia

Snowbound ... Thredbo today. Picture: Twitter Source: Supplied

Where the grey meets the grey: Images of swimmers at Bronte in Sydney today. Picture: Twitter / ABC Source: Twitter

Perisher Resort may be sending their winter vehicles back to Subaru prematurely. Picture: Perisher Source: Supplied

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A map released by the SES shows the number of incidents they have responded to in the last 25 hours. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

The clouds, as seen in this BOM image at 2.30pm, shows the storm off the coast of Sydney. Source: Supplied

NSW SES media spokesman Todd Burns said they were gearing up for a busy evening and night, and volunteers were on standby ready to respond.

"We've been advised by the Bureau of Meteorology that Sydney is expecting some rainfall later on this afternoon somewhere from around 5pm onwards. They're also expecting rain and winds leading into tomorrow, into the early hours of the morning, but then beginning to clear around sunrise."

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