NSW is likely to see worsening weather through the middle to late next week, bringing more rain to the already flooded Murray-Darling Basin, according to the Met Office.
“There is some uncertainty as to exactly where and how much rain will fall in Australia over the next 10 days,” it said in a statement Wednesday.
“However, there is good agreement among forecast models that this is a significant rainfall event for Australia, with all states and parts of the territory likely to be affected.
“As this event unfolds, a number of severe weather, thunderstorm and flood warnings may be issued across Australia over the next one to two weeks.”
State Emergency Services responded to 142 calls across New South Wales in the 24 hours to 8am on Wednesday. 19 of those were storm related jobs in the big city of Sydney, mostly related to fallen trees and leaking roofs.
Notara said more than 300 lightning strikes occurred within 50 kilometers of Parramatta between 4am and 5am, with an additional 550 recorded in clouds.
A storm centered in western Sydney on Tuesday afternoon brought 1,700 lightning strikes and hail in just over an hour.
Weatherzone’s Yoska Hernandez said hail was recorded over western and southern Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Illawarra, the Southern Highlands and north of Shoalhaven.
She said 65,438 strikes were recorded within a 100-kilometer radius of Sydney between 2pm Tuesday and 7am Wednesday.
SES spokesman Adam Jones said SES is still helping flood-hit communities in inland New South Wales, including the isolated northwestern town of Wee Waa.
Rural property was also cut off by flooding along the Macquarie, Lachlan, Bogan, Gwydir, Namoy and Calgore rivers. Some farms had been closed for weeks.
“In all these areas we see rural isolation. NSW SES is helping farmers in moving livestock, feeding their livestock and replenishing themselves,” Jones said. .
“They are resilient people, but the lingering of this means we have to help more and more.
“There were no flood reliefs overnight, which was great to see after double-digit numbers over the past week or two,” Jones said.
“But as the situation eases and we see water moving through them, [river] These areas are still at risk and we are asking communities to remain vigilant as flash flooding could occur in any part of the state if it rains in the next week or so. “
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