Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Sydney storm brings strong winds to Qld

Saturday February 2, 2013 - 02:02 EDT

Severe storms have swept through Sydney and up the New South Wales coast, bringing down trees, cutting power and causing localised flooding.

The storm cell the moved into south-east Queensland where it hit the state with 90kph winds.

Earlier at Sydney Airport, a Qantas plane arriving from Cairns escaped damage when it was struck by lightning.

Domestic and international flights were delayed for up to an hour, with some cancellations due to the wild weather.

There were also delays across the bus and rail networks.

The State Emergency Service received more than 320 calls for help, mainly for minor damage.

"We are getting reports of trees and branches down as well as some localised flash flooding, but so far no significant property damage," spokesman Phil Campbell said.

Mr Campbell says the SES also conducted a successful operation to get a stranded resident of Yamba on the north coast to her 80th birthday party.

He says it began when an SES operator, named Paula, was told that people from all over Australia were waiting for the woman in Sydney.

"Paula was able to arrange for some flood boats to able to transport the lady to the nearest place where she could be flown - that was at Maclean," he said.

"She was then transported by helicopter into Grafton where the local SES were able to drop her at the railway station, and she was given a first-class ticket to Sydney to be able to join her family and friends."

The number of people isolated by floodwaters on the north coast has now dropped from 7,000 to 2,000, with access to Yamba now open.

Meanwhile, a clean-up is underway in the state's central west after storms earlier this afternoon brought strong winds, heavy rainfall and hail to parts of Orange and Bathurst.

The SES has responded to more than 30 calls for help in the region and expects that number to rise tonight as people get home from work and discover the damage.

A spokesperson says the damage includes flooding, leaking roofs and trees and powerlines down.

The same weather system also affected southern Queensland, bringing damaging winds but little rain.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Wujal Wujal's new wifi brings vital communication link during wild weather

06:43 EDT

In cyclone-prone far north Queensland, a new community-wide wifi network has been installed in the state's smallest shire in a bid to solve problems during severe storms that often leave the town of Wujal Wujal completely isolated.

New fire danger rating system set to be trialled this summer to cope with new extremes

06:17 EDT

The trusty roadside fire danger signs marking the entrance to every country town are up for a revamp.

Oppressive heat targets northern WA

16:29 EDT

Some northern parts of Western Australia will experience an extreme heatwave this week as temperatures climb into the mid forties for a number of days.