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Sydney weather: Power restored after thousands disconnected in storms across NSW

Wednesday January 10, 2018 - 09:57 EDT
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A severe storm rolled into Bondi Beach on Tuesday evening with witnesses describing it as "apocalyptic". - ABC licensed

Emergency crews have restored power to thousands of homes across New South Wales, after a severe storm brought down powerlines on Tuesday night.

Emergency crews worked throughout the night to restore power to 11,000 customers in western Sydney and the Illawarra region and the hundreds more that were disconnected on the Central Coast and in the Upper Hunter.

Endeavour Energy says extra crews were brought in but about 2,000 customers were still without power.

Most of these are in the Helensburgh area, where power is expected to be restored today.

But State Emergency Service spokesman Phil Campbell says the state seems to have been spared any major damage from the storm.

"We've been quite fortunate in the Sydney metropolitan area with only about 70 calls for assistance to the NSW SES and most of those calls for assistance have been for relatively minor matters such as leaking roofs and trees and branches down," he said.

Dark storm clouds rolled into Sydney from the south before 7:00pm on Tuesday, with one Bondi resident describing the looming stormfront as "apocalyptic".

The storm came at a particularly bad time, with .

Lightning, thunder and heavy rain affected parts of the city, but the storm does not seem to be in the mood to stop, passing through the city quickly.

However in south-western NSW, Kiama was hit with 120 kilometre per hour wind gusts.

Roads and businesses have been flooded in Cootamundra, including the town's Central Hotel, which also suffered roof damage.

The storm comes less than 24 hours after Sydney experienced

The Global Position and Tracking Systems (GPATS) company said it detected approximately 13,000 lightning strikes across the state in the 24 hours to midday on Tuesday.

The company provides lightning data to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), power, mining, aviation and insurance companies.

The data is detected by a network of sensors that can determine the strength and location of each lightning strike.

Spokesman Murray Chateris said the electrical storm over Sydney was "one of the biggest in recent years".


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