1. Three people, including a 14-year-old and an SES volunteer, died yesterday from Sydney’s storm.
The Sydney storms which lashed the city and surrounding regions have claimed the lives of three people in three separate incidents.
On Wednesday afternoon a Sydney Emergency Services volunteer collapsed and died while attending a job in the Illawarra.
“This is a tragic event and my deepest sympathies are with the man’s family and friends,” Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said in a statement.
Earlier on Wednesday a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named, died in a two-car collision in Thornleigh.
A third man was unable to be revived when his car hit a pole just after 7pm in South Wentworthville.
One police officer broke her leg when a tree fell on her police car as she and her partner were at North Ryde, where drivers had unsuccessfully tried to get through a flooded road about 6.45am.
The storms delivered a month’s worth of rain to Sydney in just two hours.
A low-pressure system caused havoc for commuters and emergency services on Wednesday morning.
The SES responded to nearly 1000 calls on Wednesday with most due to storm damage and fallen trees.
Frustrated emergency services urged NSW drivers to slow down or avoid all non-essential travel in the afternoon.
NSW Ambulance Acting Superintendent Steve Vaughan said paramedics attended four times the normal amount of car crashes on Wednesday.
“Everyone has somewhere to be but if there is floodwater across the road, please stay out of it,” he told reporters.
Several roads, including the Anzac Bridge, were closed or were cut to one lane while hundreds of services by rail or air were cancelled – including 150 flights in or out of Sydney Airport.
Mosman recorded more than 145mm of rain, while Chatswood had 133mm, including 89mm within an hour.
Close to 100mm fell at Observatory Hill in Sydney’s CBD between 6am and 8am – easily eclipsing the November average of 83.8mm.
While the capital was mostly spared after 10am, parts of Shoalhaven received more than 150mm within the six hours to 3pm.
More than 10,000 homes and businesses lost power due to fallen trees, lightning strikes and flood-affected wiring in Sydney and the Hunter region.
About 3800 were still in the dark by mid-afternoon, and at 9pm Ausgrid was still working to restore power to 3250 homes.
Ausgrid crews responded to more than 120 hazards, including downed trees and powerlines, across the network.
Crews planned to work through the night to restore power and were expected to still be continuing repairs in areas including Mosman to install new power poles and restring wires.