A second intense low pressure system is set to hit New South Wales bringing thunderstorms and heavier rain than yesterday.
slow-moving storm cell centred off the coast Hunter region will bring
vigorous winds, large seas, and periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms
to large parts of northern Sydney and the Central Coast.
Bondi beach is battered by wild weather. Photo / Getty
The rain will fall in shorter and potentially more intense
bursts than it did on Tuesday before conditions are expected to slowly
ease on Wednesday afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology told ABC radio.
than 260 SES crews and 600 volunteers will be out in the field on
Wednesday while the worst storm in a decade continues to batter Sydney,
the central coast and the Hunter region.
The community of Dungog
in the Hunter region is said to be in ‘shock’ after three residents who
died in dangerous weather conditions on Tuesday were identified as Robyn
McDonald, aged about 70, Colin Webb, 79, and Brian Wilson, 72, the
Newcastle Herald reported.
The SES says it has had about 8000 requests for help and
conducted 90 flood rescues since Monday, and about 200,000 homes and
businesses remain without power.
Hundreds of Sydney residents
have also been warned they may have to evacuate their homes as the
massive storm lashing Australia’s east coast has caused overflow at of
the city’s main dams in Manly.
Huge waves crash over swimming baths at Avalon Beach in Sydney. Photo / AP
Authorities said they may be forced to open the sluice
gates of the Manly Dam near the famous beachside suburb of the same name
to release pressure from rapidly rising water levels – and that the
overflow would likely cause flooding in neighbourhoods downstream.
issued an alert advising that volunteers and local police were out
telling residents in the Manly Dam area to pack essential items and
prepare to leave their premises.
By opening the dam, the SES says it will be able to control flooding, however it will still affect many homes.
is a beach-side suburb of northern Sydney, and is 17 kilometres
north-east of the Sydney central business district. The Manly Dam
catchment includes 375ha of bushland plus housing, businesses and
SES were continually monitoring the situation. NSW
police advised residents who live near the Manly Dam to expect flooding
in low lying areas near the Dam will occur in the next couple of hours.
who live in low lying areas near the Dam need to remain vigilant and
give consideration to relocating prior to any flooding occurring,”
police statement said.
If evacuation is required, residents will
receive an emergency alert on their home phone or mobile. Residents were
also told to move furniture and important items to higher sections of
their property, and take pets, clothes and medication with them.
Terror on Carnival Cruise Ship as waves swell 11m
A cruise ship is stuck outside Sydney Heads because of a massive swell and it may be there for the next 48 hours.
The Sydney Harbour pilot has been unable to board the Carnival Spirit, said a spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Line Australia.
were due to disembark the ship on Tuesday morning but the large swell
has prevented the ship from entering the harbour.
The ship may be
close to port, but it could be a while until the passengers touch dry
land as Port Authority of NSW has closed Sydney Harbour for commercial
Electricity companies are trying to restore power to thousands of residences and businesses across the eastern seaboard.
Pearce said the police and NSW Fire and Rescue had been called in to
help the SES on the 4470 call-outs they’d received by 10am on Monday.
“We’ve had 24 hours of relentless gale-force winds. I haven’t seen this wind damage for years,” Mr Pearce said.
Monday the SES is advised people to move their cars under cover, secure
loose yard or balcony items and keep clear of fallen powerlines.
Three die in fierce flood water
NSW Police said three elderly people, two men and a woman, were found
dead following the fierce storm on Tuesday morning.
One of them, a
woman from Dungog in the Hunter Valley, is believed to have been swept
away by flash flooding as she tried to rescue her stranded pet, the
Dungog Chronicle reports.
Sally Fitzpatrick, who is a former neighbour of the dead woman in Dungog, said the town was “very quiet” and “in shock”.
heard [the dead woman] didn’t want to abandon her dog and she was
washed away but the dog survived,” Ms Fitzpatrick told the Dungog
People are battered by strong winds at Bondi beach on April 21, 2015. Photo / Getty
Locals were afraid more wild weather was set to hit the
town, with many houses and business flooded, and rural properties
isolated due to water over roads and a bridge collapse.
“It’s getting dark and there’s still no power,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.
“Right now there’s a black cloud approaching from the south…. thick and dark to the ground, very scary looking.”
warnings have been issued for Newcastle, with residents told to expect
rapid rises and high velocity flash flood water in local creeks,
watercourses and urban areas over the next few hours.
enter floodwater. If you become trapped you should seek the highest
point within the building and to telephone 000 if you require rescue,”
the SES said in emergency texts to locals.
Shocking footage: House swept away by flood
comes after shocking footage captured a Dungog house being swept away
by flood waters and floating dangerously close to power lines on the
Local Jade Marie said it was her aunt’s house that was being washed away, according to Higgins Storm Chasers.
She was helping her neighbours escape the flood waters and turned back to see the water rising around her house.
She raced back inside to evacuate her partner and children just moments before the house dislodge and started floating away.
SES has been called to more than 4588 properties from Sydney to the
mid-north coast since 7am Monday, with winds as powerful as a category
two cyclone lashing some regions.
An umbrella is seen submerged in the ANZAC War Memorial pond in Hyde Park. Photo / Getty
This comes emergency service have carried out more than 47
flood rescues and Ausgrid has warned that it could take several days
before power is returned many of the 215,000 homes and businesses
affected by outages in Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter regions.
major flood warning has been issued for the Paterson and Williams
Rivers, north of Newcastle, with water at the Gostwyck Bridge peaked at a
record 16.11m at 3pm on Tuesday. Dungog is expected to peak near nine
metres at noon and Mill Dam Falls is forecast to peak near 11m around
Moderate to minor flood warnings have also been issued for
the Hunter River at Maitland, Raymond Terrace and Wollombi Brook, while
the Colo River, the Tuggerah Lake, the Lake Macquarie area, the Myall
River at Bulahdelah and the Cooks River at Tempe Bridge have been issued
with minor flood warnings.
Authorities are urging motorists to
stay out of the floodwater as there could be significant surface damage
to roads that is not visible from the surface. Floodwater is also deeper
and faster flowing than it appears.
Emergency Services Minister David Elliott described the weather system as a “one-in-a-decade storm”.
The 500 SES volunteers were risking “life and limb” to ensure that the people of NSW got through the storm.
“Today’s events are going to test our emergency services,” Mr Elliott said.
Nine’s news presenter Peter Overton, who has a brother and
sister-in-law that live in the upper Hunter town of Dungong, spoke about
the fear that gripped his family after he couldn’t reach them by phone.
He recalled speaking to his brother from his make-up chair on Tuesday morning as flood warnings begun to seep in.
were trying to get off their property and into town and I was saying
for him to take pictures, but then later I couldn’t get onto him,”
Overton told 2GB’s Ben Fordham.
“Your whole stomach moves up and
you think ‘did they get into town? Were they swept off?’ They’re
isolated in their property, the lines are cut, their mobiles are cut… I
spoke to my dad a short time ago and he said they got back to their
property because they were cut off – a bridge has been washed away.”
activity has temporarily eased in the Hunter Valley; however areas of
heavy rain and very windy conditions persist. A severe weather warning
remains current for the Hunter (including the Central Coast), Sydney
Metropolitan and Illawarra districts.
The thunderstorm situation
will be closely monitored and further warnings issued if neccessary, the
Bureau of Meteorology said just after 2.30pm AEST Tuesday.
off Sydney have reached heights of 11.2 metres, according to the Manly
Hydraulics Laboratory, and beaches including Bondi have closed with high
winds blowing large amounts of sand onto nearby roads and promenades.
Travellers experience major delays
in and out of Sydney’s domestic airport have been affected by the wild
weather lashing the city and passengers have been warned to expect
Domestic flights are experiencing delays of up to 45 minutes, said a spokeswoman from Sydney Airport on Tuesday morning.
International travellers should contact their airline for specific information regarding their flight.
are to continue throughout the day so we’re going to be keeping people
updated via our Twitter feed. (With) passengers we’re advising them to
allow plenty of time to get to the airport due to traffic congestion
around Sydney as a result of the weather and also to check with their
airlines for latest flight details.”
The spokeswoman said interstate travellers may also experience knock-on effects, particularly with domestic flights.
SES has warned residents in the Maitland, Cessnock and Greater
Newcastle areas that a “very dangerous” line of thunderstorms is moving
south on Tuesday.
“This line is moving only very slowly
southwards and is producing very heavy rainfall that may lead to flash
flooding in the warning area over the next several hours,” a spokesman
said on Facebook.