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Sydney storm: Heaviest weather predicted for Saturday, to ease on Sunday

Saturday December 6, 2014 - 11:53 EDT
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Further wild weather is expected in New South Wales over the weekend, after thunderstorms rolled across the state on Friday, bringing lightning, rain, flash flooding and hail to the Blue Mountains and western Sydney.

Seasonal storm cells have wreaked havoc across the state this week and the bureau has predicted the heaviest storms will affect Sydney today.

There will be some easing of storm activity on Sunday and Monday, but activity will intensify later in the week.

On Friday, one lightning strike started a fire at a kiosk at Rooty Hill in Sydney's west while Asquith Public School was hit by lightning as about 400 people gathered for a Christmas carols show.

About 6,000 customers lost power, although most had it restored by late evening.

Just after the height of the storm, Fire and Rescue New South Wales received 40 calls for help.

across Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Southern Highlands.

There was flash flooding and transport was delayed in Sydney while lightning sparked two fires, in the city's east.

Six people reported suffering electric shocks from lightning strikes, and flights were delayed when Sydney Airport's tarmac was closed during the height of the storm.

SES spokesman Jason Sims said volunteers dealt with 414 jobs, including damaged roofs and fallen trees.

Residents in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Southern Highlands and Western Sydney were the worst hit.

On Thursday, in the Illawarra region.

Meteorologist Andrew Treloar told 702 ABC Sydney the prolonged storm experience was the result of a stagnant weather pattern combined with a series of low troughs over NSW.

"Stronger winds in the upper atmosphere focus the intensity of the storms, making them more severe," Mr Treloar said.


© ABC 2014

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