Sydney has been lashed by a second thunderstorm in as many days – tearing down power lines, raining down giant hailstones and cutting off power for around 90,000 customers across the region in a half-hour period of horror.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for most of New South Wales’ east coast on Saturday afternoon after vicious wind gusts nearing 100km/h slammed northern parts of the state at around 2pm.
By 5pm the wild weather had set in around the Harbour City, with three separate thunderstorms coming together to form a ‘super-cell’ storm around the greater Sydney area and Woollongong.
Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Owen weakened from a category one to a category two system over Queensland on Saturday morning but there is still a risk of flash flooding to eastern parts of the state.
Ausgrid, which supplies the Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter regions and has 1.7 million customers, reported 35,000 customers without power during the peak of the storm.
Outages affecting 4600 customers in the western suburbs of Villawood and Chester Hill were the worst of those reported by the power supplier.