Saturday, March 8, 2014

"Like Armageddon" - Spectacular Storm Hits Sydney, Australia With Thunder, Lightning, Wild Showers And Stunning Cloud Formations! [PHOTOS]

Sydney was yesterday battered by a brief but spectacular storm that shook buildings in the CBD.
A storm comes from the south over Bondi Beach. Picture: Damian Shaw Source: Supplied

More than 12mm of rain was recorded at Sydney Airport between 4.30pm and 5pm, while severe thunder and lightning rocked the city.

The intense system was driven straight at the CBD by strong south-westerly winds.

Lightning strike as a storm passes over the suburb of Bangor in Sydney. Source: News Corp Australia

Like Armageddon: Storm Clouds roll across Sydney. Picture: Twotter/Jenni Eastbrook Source: Supplied

More than 22mm of rain was recorded in the Illawarra. Wind gusts exceeding 50km/h were also recorded along the NSW south coast. Sydney Airport received wind gusts approaching 60km/h.

The storm proved a nightmare for peak-hour commuters, with a number of roads and train lines suffering minor flooding.

A storm front moves over Bondi beach but at least one couple didn’t let it ruin their day.
Picture: Mark Evans
 Source: News Corp Australia

Trains were delayed on the Bankstown line after the tracks were partially closed by flooding near Marrickville station. The Transport Management Centre also reported the delays were exacerbated as emergency authorities treated a person injured by a train at Dulwich Hill.

Replacement buses were organised for travellers.

Passengers travelling on the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line and South Coast Line have been advised to allow additional travel time due to a power supply problem at Sydenham.

A Qantas plane takes off as a large storm front arrives at Sydney airport from the South West.
Picture: Bradley Hunter
 Source: News Corp Australia

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Wind gusts exceeding 50km/h have also been recorded along the NSW south coast.

Flight tracking website FlightAware showed how the storm affected aircraft movements. Source: Supplied

While the thunderstorms were expected to have cleared by today, intermittent showers are predicted to last right through to the weekend.

Last week the Bureau of Meteorology warned Sydneysiders to seek shelter and “get home early” as an intense tempest approached the city. - Daily Telegraph.