Cloud over eastern QLD with a low pressure trough is causing areas of rain, and storms offshore. Low cloud along the tropical coast with brisk onshore winds is triggering showers. Skies are clear in the west under a high pressure ridge.
In December 2014 we upgraded our lightning network to the latest in sensor technology as used by the world's leading meteorological agencies. This has resulted in changes and improvements to the lightning data you will now see. The main changes are:
11:37 EST Tens of thousands of people are without power and SES crews have answered more than 3,000 emergency calls as heavy rain and "cyclonic" winds topping 130kph continue to lash Sydney, the Hunter and the NSW Central Coast.