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BOM cancels Sydney, Wollongong thunderstorm warning

Wednesday January 2, 2019 - 21:00 EDT
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Hail can be seen on the Hume Highway near Sydney. - ABC licensed

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has cancelled a severe thunderstorm warning for Sydney and surrounding areas this evening.

BOM first issued the warning at 3:00pm this afternoon, with a number of severe storms crossing central western NSW.

Hail 3 centimetres in size was reported at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains area, and multiple towns across NSW have reported heavy rainfall.

At about 7.30pm BOM cancelled the severe thunderstorm warning for people in Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions, Maitland-Cessnock, Greater Newcastle, Gosford-Wyong, Sydney, Wollondilly-Wingecarribee and Greater Wollongong areas.



However it said a more general severe thunderstorm warning remained for parts of the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Riverina and Lower Western districts.

Footage from the Blue Mountains on Wednesday afternoon showed large hailstones falling to the ground with strong winds and heavy rain.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area west of Berrima, Moss Vale and the Stroud district.

At the time, the State Emergency Service was advising people to move cars under cover or away from trees.



The cloud formation known as mammatus — meaning "mammary cloud" — that formed over parts of Sydney on Wednesday afternoon was generating a number of mentions on social media.

The clouds are a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud, and are generally associated with storm activity.

Insurers were also reportedly sending text messages to policy holders, advising them to move cars indoors.

It comes after Sydney was hit with hailstones , causing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage to vehicles and property.


- ABC

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