Flash floods are isolating some rural NSW communities, while 1,400 homes in Queensland remain without electricity.
A significant part of eastern New South Wales, including Sydney, has been battered by fast-moving thunderstorms, downing trees and causing flash flooding that has left some rural communities isolated. At 6:15 p.m., as of The State Emergency Service responded on Monday to 281 state-wide emergency calls, mainly for downed trees, leaking roofs and sandbag requests to avoid flooding pic.twitter.com/pVixrxgN3Y- Thomas Loridan (@t-loridan) December 1, 2020
SES spokesman Andrew McCullough said two individuals had to be rescued in Gloucester on the central north coast and Gulgong, north of Mudgee, from vehicles stranded by floodwaters. GLOOMY: Here’s a look at the #SydneyStorm moving through the harbor.
Strong thunderstorm warning: https://t.co/eYq3Kh66zwTonight at 6.00pm at #9News pic.twitter.com/0GYHbmznkZ- 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) January 4, 2021 Severe thunderstorm warning:
He said Monday night that on the central north coast, where one man had to be rescued after being trapped in his home near Wauchope, about 1,600 people remained stranded by floodwaters. The massive storm headed over Sydney, Australia. January 4, 2021 #sydneyweather pic.twitter.com/5AECCVpg7V- Daniel Shaw (@DanielShawAU)
Lightning and thunderstorms. #sydneyweather #SydneyStorm #sydney pic.twitter.com/zXXFmUkJ5f- Anthony Clark (@AnthonyClarkAU) January 4, 2021 Anthony Clark (@AnthonyClarkAU)
“We certainly expect this unsettled weather to continue through the week, with occasional thunderstorms that may occur anywhere in the state, so we’re asking people to be prepared in the coming days. “Love a good #SydneyStorm… 5min pic.twitter.com/7NbXQPTr3Z- Matthew Edwards (@medwards87) January 4, 2021
As the system approached from the west, the Bureau of Meteorology released a severe thunderstorm warning and reached Penrith before moving through Sydney. Wild #SydneyStorm pic.twitter.com/3Y7QKJX7oG- Commoner Ian (@iwithomas) January 4, 2021 The alerts were later extended to the Hunter area, including Newcastle.
Ausgrid said the storm resulted in power outages in a number of towns in the NSW and Sydney suburbs. In the coming days, extensive flooding from former Tropical Cyclone Imogen is expected in far north Queensland. The cyclone crossed the coast north of Karumba shortly before 11 p.m. Until weakening to a tropical depression on Sunday and moving west across the region on Monday morning. Around 1,400 homes were without electricity, but there were no reports of injuries, Katarina Carroll, Queensland Police Commissioner, said: “It looks like there is no massive damage at this stage, but there is a lot of water,” she told reporters Monday. In Normanton, 262 mm of rain fell, 186 mm of it in the six hours to 3 a.m. Monday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Pieter Claassen.
Wind gusts of up to 85 km/h were still reported as the storm weakened to a tropical depression. Tropical cyclone alert for far north Queensland and flooding in NSWRead moreClaassen said in just a few hours Monday as the system moved southeast, about 60 mm of rain fell in Cairns and Innisfail. For most of northern Queensland, the agency issued a flood alert, with up to 300 mm of rain forecast in the next 24 hours and even higher totals falling in some areas. Severe thunderstorms are also predicted on Monday for northern Queensland and the southeastern interior of the state. The likelihood of showers and thunderstorms increases from midweek on the southeast coast, with showers expected through midweek.