Severe storms causes major damage in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia
Severe storms have hit through parts of New South Wales and Victoria, wreaking havoc and causing major damage to homes.
Two people were struck by lightning as severe thunderstorms swept through Sydney causing flight and traffic delays.
A man in his 20s was hit by lightning in Hazelbrook, in the Blue Mountains, and another person was struck in Cabramatta in Sydney’s southwest, an ambulance spokeswoman said.
Both relatively minor cases came after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning yesterday afternoon for areas near Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park and Richmond.
The bureau warned the storm was moving towards the northeast and was forecast to hit Hornsby, Sydney city, the Harbour Bridge and the northern beaches.
Thousands of homes in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Southern Highlands and western Sydney regions were left without power.
Around three quarters of the state’s fire and rescue crews are responding to more than 80 storm-related incidents across the Sydney metro area, including trees and powerlines being down and flooding.
It took 20 firefighters around two hours to put out a fire at an electrical substation in the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont.
In Victoria’s northwest, a storm brought down trees and damaged roofs, with the State Emergency Service receiving more than 100 calls for help.
The Mildura area was the hardest hit, but there were no major emergencies.
“We’ve got 20 outstanding calls in Mildura and we’ve had 40 all up there throughout the day,” SES spokesman Stefan Delatovic said.
“We’ve had 120 calls all up across the state since the winds picked up.”
Mr Delatovic said requests were mostly for fallen trees and minor roof damage.
“There has been nothing serious, thankfully,” he said.
However, SES volunteers are on alert in case the storm causes further damage as it rolls across the state.