Deadly Flooding Sweeps Across Eastern Australia
Three people died in the cutoff town of Dungog, about 100 miles north of Sydney, and numerous flood rescues have been reported there as well.
In the adjacent photo, you can see rain overspilling banks in Coogee Beach, one of Sydney’s most famous beaches (in the southeast part of the city, about 10 miles from downtown Sydney). The world-famous Bondi Beach (about 2-3 miles away from Coogee) has also been impacted, with floods reported there as well.
Strong winds also accompanied the powerful storm, with reports of buildings damaged and significant impacts to Sydney’s public transportation system, according to 9News Australia, leading to 200,000 power outages and approximately 100 school closings.
Between 9am Tuesday and 6am Wednesday, the suburb of Hornsby, about 15 miles north of Sydney’s downtown, received 6.85″ of rain, and about 5.63″ of rain was recorded in North Parramatta, about 10 miles west of the city’s center. Sydney’s International Airport, on the south side of the city, received 3.70″ of rain in the same time span.
Sydney’s iconic Botanic Gardens – walking distance from the Opera House and in the heart of downtown – recorded about 5.75″ of rain from the storm, with some areas recording as much as a foot of rain from the same system.
As of Tuesday evening U.S. time, numerous flood watches and warnings were in place for New South Wales, the country’s most populous and the state that Sydney lies in.
According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Sydney could see a shower the rest of Wednesday (Sydney is 14 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and possibly lingering into Thursday as well. They also call for a chance of a shower early next week, but a spell of needed drier weather appears to be on the horizon, starting at the end of the week.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi