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Wild storms lash Sydney

Saturday February 13, 2010 - 10:51 EDT

A massive amount of rain has fallen in Sydney overnight, causing flash flooding in some areas.

More than 700 calls were made to the State Emergency Service due to severe thunderstorms sweeping across New South Wales.

The biggest falls were in Sydney's north, with 88 millimetres of rain falling in Hornsby and 73 millimetres coming down on Mona Vale in just one hour.

Weather forecaster Chris Webb says Sydney experienced one of the highest rainfall events of the last decade.

"For the city we recorded 65 mills of rainfall in the evening, and that's about a one in five - ten year event," he said.

Mr Webb says more rain is on its way, which could bring more flooding.

"We do expect further showers and possible thunderstorms during the day today, Saturday, and then a further increasing trend in the rainfall and thunderstorm activities tomorrow," he said.

"So still over the weekend, there's still the possibility of further heavy falls."

The State Emergency Service says crews had to rescue people from six cars stranded in floodwaters and assist others trapped in buildings.

Meanwhile, the fire brigade responded to numerous collapsed roofs, including a nightclub in Kings Cross.

NSW Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan says people had to be rescued from floodwaters, some ceilings caved in and a number of trees fell down.

"Two Fairfield houses were quite badly damaged when a large tree came down across their roof - we had SES assisting in those cases," he said.

"We had five flood rescues - people from cars where we've needed to use fire brigade vehicles to get to cars and get people out."

Parts of Sydney's CBD were without power this morning after the torrential rain flooded a small underground electricity substation.

Energy Australia says power was cut to an area around Castlereagh, Liverpool, Market and George Streets so that crews could repair the damage.

- ABC

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