– With AAP.
1. Two people struck by lightning as severe hailstorm wreaks havoc in Canberra and Sydney.
On Monday afternoon, a fierce hailstorm pelted Canberra before sweeping across Sydney with stones the size of golf balls inflicting severe damage across the capitals.
In NSW, two people were struck by lightning – a 16-year-old boy in the Blue Mountains and a 24-year-old man who sustained an electric shock while leaning against a metal railing nearby.
Both were taken to Nepean Hospital in a stable condition.
In Canberra, the 15 minute storm prompted more than 1750 calls for help to the ACT Emergency Services Agency and caused more than 1000 homes to lose power.
Some 14,000 Ausgrid customers lost power in Sydney after strong winds, lightning and hail struck the Sutherland Shire and northern beaches areas.
At about 10.30pm on Monday, 13,000 remained without power with repairs continuing overnight in the Sutherland Shire.
A number of people posted images and videos of the damage to Twitter.
— Matthew Trewin (@trudoggydog) January 20, 2020
left: Parliament House, Canberra, January 5
right: :Parliament House, Canberra, January 20
(pics: AAP) pic.twitter.com/i7LWfrkHOv
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) January 20, 2020