One dead as torrential rain triggers flash flooding in Australia

The Sydney Storm Is Causing Chaos With A Month's Rainfall In Just Hours

Sydney weather: storm and flooding cause traffic chaos for commuters

As Sydneysiders woke to thunder and torrential rain this morning, it did not take long for snaps of the storm to start dominating social media. Adem Yaglipnar/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

An overflowing weir on the Parramatta River led to ferries being cancelled between Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta, while rail services in the inner west were cancelled during to standing water.

The weather has impacted more than just our roads, with Sydney Airport ceasing all operations briefly.

Elsewhere, Sydney airport was reduced to using a single runway as it was hit by strong winds and 39mm of rain.

"That's the sort of rainfall you'd expect to see once every 100 years", Ann Farrell, the bureau's state manager, told reporters.

The rains have offered a welcomed respite to farmers who have suffered through a sustained drought in recent months, but the weather caused major disruptions to the Sydney's infrastructure.

Meanwhile at least a dozen people have been rescued, a supermarket's walls burst with water and nearly 100 flights have been cancelled as heavy rain caused flash flooding across Sydney.

From the beaches to the inner suburbs, Wednesday wasn't a great day to be a commuter in Sydney as an intense weather system engulfed the city and parts of New South Wales, dropping a month's worth of rain by 7am.

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Sydney Airport's Domestic and worldwide terminals were earlier running on single runway operations.

Ausgrid, the nation's biggest electricity network, said the storm had left 8,100 customers without power around Sydney and the Central Coast area to its north.

About 3800 were still in the dark by mid-afternoon, and at 9pm Ausgrid was still working to restore power to 3250 homes.

There was chaos on the roads, with at least five stranded motorists needing to be plucked from rising floodwaters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

"We can't stress enough that motorists should never attempt to drive through flood waters or cross flooded causeways", Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said.

In contrast, in Australia's northern state of Queensland, soaring temperatures near 40 and strong winds exacerbated major bushfires.

Firefighters have been battling for almost a week to contain more than 130 fires across Queensland, and 8,000 people were ordered to evacuate the city of Gracemere, about 600 kilometres north of the state capital of Brisbane. "We have not seen the likes of this".

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