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Severe storm causes flooding and power outages in Illawarra and Southern Highlands

Emily Laurence and Ainslie Drewitt-Smith, Wednesday December 3, 2014 - 18:13 EDT

A severe storm has caused flooding to homes and businesses in the Southern Highlands and left nearly 2000 homes in the Illawarra without power.

The storm brought lightning, hail and nearly 30 millimetres of rain in 20 minutes to Bowral and Picton.

The medical centre at Mittagong on Regent Street has been inundated by flood water and a child care centre is also damaged.

Firefighters were called to Spencer Street to pump water out of a garage.

Thousands of homes in the Illawarra lost power in the storm.

Koonawarra and Dapto were the worst affected with more than 1200 homes impacted.

Early in the evening, more than 400 homes were without power at Horsley, and 200 homes have lost power in Kanahooka.

In the Southern Highlands, Endeavour Energy crews were working to restore power to 1100 homes in Bowral.

At one point during the storm, Kangaroo Valley was estimated to be receiving one millimetre of rain per minute.

The State Emergency Service received dozens of calls for help in the Southern Highlands, mainly for help with leaking roofs.

Half a dozen calls have been fielded from the Nowra area.

SES Deputy Region Controller Alex McFadden says people need to take care.

"Residents will need to be careful when they're driving home from work today or picking the children up with regards to flash flooding that may occur in this area as well as any trees that may come down, and they may bring power lines with them," Ms McFadden said.


© ABC 2014

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