Sydney was thrown into chaos this week as severe weather hit the area. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) revealed that a month’s worth of rain hit the city within a matter of hours. The North Shore was worst hit with records showing Mosman received 130mm of rain in only 6 hours. The Rocks in Sydney CBD was next with 111mm recorded. In addition to the severe rainfall, damaging winds of up to 70km/ph created a “mini-cyclone.” Offices to had their windows sucked out and tossed aside.
14 year old Sydney boy among dead
A 14 year old schoolboy has tragically died as a result of the severe weather. The Pennant Hills High School student was a passenger in a car that was involved in a horrific car crash in Thornleigh on the North Shore during the severe floods on Wednesday. His friends and family have expressed their grief on Facebook.
The Student Leadership Council of his school wrote, “We cannot begin to explain the heart-break this has brought upon our school and its community, our thoughts, hopes & prayers are with the family, friends, students and teachers who are grieving.”
The storm also claimed the life of a NSW SES volunteer who died after collapsing while on duty. Commissioner Mark Smethurst and the NSW SES family sent “heartfelt condolences” in a statement to media.
Storm of the century
The severe weather is being described as the “storm of the century” with the city receiving the most rain in a single day in 34 years. With a deluge of over 100mm hitting in just 2 hours the city’s transport system was thrown into chaos with severe delays all over. Torrential rain also flooded two underground substations in the Sydney CBD. Thankfully, weather conditions have now returned to normal with no further weather warnings issued.