Landslide forces residents to evacuate as wild weather lashes Sydney, Australia
Sydney has been plunged into chaos after severe weather swept through the state, causing flash flooding and triggering a landslide at a remote walking trail in the city’s north.
Aerial footage shows the land spill at the Mackerel trail near Palm Beach that came within metres of several properties and caused severe damage to at least one home at Mackerel Beach.
Another two properties were “partly” damaged.
Residents at 18 addresses – totalling 25 people – have been evacuated, while officials at the Northern Beaches Council have been called in to assess the damage, a NSW SES spokesman said.
Sydney’s Northern Beaches have already copped 100mm of rain in the last three days with more on the way as flash flooding prompted road closures and left many homes without power.
The news comes as Australia’s east coast battles a hammering from mother nature.
Australia has been hit by more than 2.24 million lightning strikes in just 48 hours, while damaging winds of up to 100km/h continue to rip through multiple states, with volunteers inundated with calls for help.
More storms are expected this week.
“This is peak storm season,” BOM meteorologist Dean Narramore said.
Sydneysiders can expect the storms to hit on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the peak predicted for the latter.
Courtesy of news.com.au