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NSW storms: SES rescues four people as heavy rain causes chaos in Sydney

Tuesday March 14, 2017 - 18:11 EDT
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Huge storm clouds in Northstar in northern New South Wales yesterday. - ABC licensed

Four people have been rescued by the NSW SES amid flash flooding in Sydney's west during the second day of storms in the state.



Three people were rescued from vehicles and one from a house as torrential rain inundated several suburbs in the west.

Erskine Park received 60 millimetres between 9:00am and 3:00pm, while Penrith (39mm), Seven Hills (56mm), Blacktown (52mm), and Baulkham Hills (51mm) were also soggy.

About 90 children were evacuated from a childcare centre in Orchard Hills, in the city's western outskirts, about 50km from the CBD.

Phil Campbell from NSW SES said the organisation had received 400 calls for help from severe weather in the past two days and warned the storms would make for a difficult afternoon commute.

"We are seeing some very heavy showers move into Sydney and are urging motorists to drive with care and stay out of flood water," he said.

"If they do come across a series of flash flooding turn around and find a safer route home."

By Tuesday evening, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the threat of thunderstorms had passed for NSW and the ACT.

, with heavy rain and golf ball-sized hailstones falling on some areas.



Dubbo worst hit yesterday

SES spokeswoman Sue Pritchard said there were more than 80 callouts in the Dubbo and Parkes area on Monday.



"That was the worst hit area with this weather that occurred yesterday," Ms Pritchard said.

"A few of the facilities that were damaged included a childcare centre and an aged care facility."

She said calls has mainly been for leaking rooves and roof damage.

"We're expecting more of this stormy weather today," Mr Pritchard said.

"We're asking people to be prepared, we're expecting severe thunderstorms plus heavy rains and damaging winds."


- ABC

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