Storms ravage Sydney paralyzing essential services


Sydney: Thousands of homes here were without electricity after severe storms ravaged Australia’s largest city paralyzing essential services on Saturday.

Media reports said heavy rains and lightning storms lashed parts of Sydney as several parts of the city inundated with flood waters.

Some flash flooding was experienced by Sydney’s west, media reports added.

Byron Doyle from the New South Wales Bureau of Meteorology told reporters that “It was a slow-moving storm with warm humid air moving along the coast”.

The downpour submerged cars in floodwaters on main roads. Pictures of broken traffic lights and fallen trees were circulated on social media.

Energy companies reported that more than 40,000 customers were affected by power outages at the peak of the storm overnight, with more than 5,000 still without power early Saturday.

Flights were delayed at Sydney airport while the storm caused havoc on some of the city’s train lines.


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