Sydney, Get Ready For Another Horror Commute Home
If you thought getting home last night was a horror movie in itself, brace yourself.
Tonight is going to be another horror commute home for Sydneysiders, with emergency services bracing for more intense storms.
More heavy rain is forecast, which is likely to cause commuter havoc on the roads again.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and is forecasting rainfall of up to 15mm across Sydney today.
Duty forecaster Rebecca Kamitakahara told The Daily Telegraph that storms were likely to hit commuters in Sydney this afternoon as a southerly change moves up the coast acting as an “extra trigger” for thunderstorms.
“Unfortunately it is expected to hit in the late afternoon, early evening when most people are making their commute,” Ms Kamitakahara said.
There are flood warnings in place for the Clarence River, Nepean River, Orara River and Bogan River.
Yesterday’s downpour caused chaos across the city, with power cut to over 4,800 homes and businesses in the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney.
Trains between Quakers Hill and Riverstone on the T1 Western line were also cancelled due to lightning strikes.
A number of flights in and out of Sydney’s airport were cancelled last night due to the severe storms and the airport is bracing for more potential delays today.
Richmond, in Sydney north west, copped the most rain yesterday with 53mm falling. Marrickville was hit with 48mm and Abbotsford saw 36mm.
Sydney has already exceeded its monthly rain average, with 248.6mm falling so far – almost double the 129mm expected.
The rain is expected to continue until at least early next week, despite earlier predictions the wet weather would cease on Sunday.