Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

NSW weather: Storms bring golf-ball-sized hail to Hunter, torrential rain in Sydney

By Riley Stuart, Friday October 27, 2017 - 08:50 EDT
ABC licensed image
A rainbow over Sydney added a splash of colour to an otherwise grey morning. - ABC licensed

Storms have soaked Sydney and NSW overnight, with 35mm of rain dumped in a hectic half-hour in some areas and giant hail crashing down in Newcastle.



The deluge began on Thursday evening and continued throughout the Harbour City's morning commute.

Southbound trains between Wyong and Gosford are suspended and major roads in Sydney are clogged.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) responded to about 250 emergency calls, mainly in the Hunter and metropolitan areas.

As wild weather lashed large parts of the state,

Chunks of ice with diameters of 5cm pelted Gresford, about 200km north of Sydney, about 4pm on Thursday.



About 34.2mm of rain fell in the Harbour City between 9:00am on Thursday and 8am this morning, with the showers expected to clear throughout the day.

On Thursday,



Phil Campbell, from the NSW SES, said volunteers were bracing for a busy day, with more rain on the way.

"We've had some localised flash flooding and strong winds," he said.

"SES volunteers will be out this morning making temporary repairs to properties damaged in last night's storms."


- ABC

© ABC 2017

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Hobart to break November heat record

19:58 EDT

Parts of southern Tasmania registered their highest November temperature in a decade today, while Hobart is one day away from a new November heat record.

Hot summer outlook provokes bushfire danger update

18:02 EDT

The prediction of a hotter-than-average summer has led to an update of the national bushfire outlook, with Australia's most highly populated areas — including regions around Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart — facing an above-average fire risk.

BOM announces short, weak La Nina probability for summer lacking rainfall but packing heatwaves

10:37 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology's latest climate wrap has tilted the warning level over to a La Nina alert, the highest level below an official La Nina.