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Apr 24, 2015

00:13:56 GMT--Extreme Weather - Australia - Australia


EDIS Number: ST-20150420-47868-AUS
Date / time: 20/04/2015 14:18:08 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: Australia
Country: Australia
State/County: State of New South Wales
Location: [Sydney region]
Number of Deads: 4 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Large

Description:

Wild storms have lashed the NSW coast with floods and gale force winds wreaking havoc on homes. The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to more than 1450 calls for help, with the majority of requests coming from the greater Sydney region. At least person has had to be rescued from floodwaters at Parramatta, in Sydney's west, while others have been pulled out of stranded cars in other parts of the state. "These jobs are a reminder to never drive, ride or walk through flood water," said SES spokeswoman Stephanie Wills on Monday night. Destructive winds and heavy rainfall have also battered the Illawarra and Hunter regions in an unusually large storm for this time of year. Ms Wills said the storm, which was outside the normal season between October and March, has inundated volunteers. "It's unusual, but the weather is unpredictable," Ms Wills told AAP. More than 17,000 houses lost power throughout Sydney and the Hunter region, while Fire and Rescue NSW have deployed crews to the Central Coast as the weather worsens. Three extra tankers have been moved to Sydney's northern beaches. Many roads have closed due to flooding, with warnings in place for coastal regions from the Manning Valley to the Central Coast. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned gale force winds of up to 100km/h will continue on Tuesday with high rainfall and heavy surf also predicted.

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 5 on 23.04.2015 at 00:13:23.
Situation Update No. 4 on 2015-04-22 at 03:31:24.
Situation Update No. 3 on 2015-04-22 at 03:29:02.
Situation Update No. 2 on 2015-04-21 at 05:18:30.
Situation Update No. 1 on 2015-04-21 at 03:42:07.

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