Sydney Hit With Flash Flooding Following Severe Thunderstorm
Sydney has been hit by a severe thunderstorm that has resulted in flash flooding across the city.
The flooding is causing traffic chaos on the roads, with cars being swept under water, roads and light rail lines being closed and pedestrians battling ankle-deep water.
A number of roads across Sydney have been severely impacted by the storm, including the Anzac Bridge, James Ruse Drive, Parramatta Road, Mascot to Alexandria - traffic both ways on O'Riordan Street and Botany Road.
Motorists are advised to avoid travelling southbound on the Western Distributor and westbound on the Anzac Bridge due to flooding.
Traffic is heavy approaching the Anzac Bridge from the Western Distributor and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Four of five westbound lanes on the Anzac Bridge remain closed with traffic crews on site.
Buses are delayed up to one hour through Drummoyne and Rozelle, buses in the CBD are delayed up to 40 minutes, buses along Parramatta Road are delayed up to 30 minutes and buses are diverting away from Botany Road in Zetland.
Light rail services have been cancelled from Dulwich Hill and Central due to the flooding.
Huge delays are also expected at Sydney Airport.
The Bureau Of Metereology on Tuesday warned that more flash flooding and damaging winds would be on the way to suburbs near the airport, including Maroubra, Botany and Randwick.
Western suburbs including Penrith, Parramatta and Campbelltown have also experienced the full brunt of the storm.
50mm of rain fell at Marrickville, 35mm at Parramatta and 30mm at Rose Bay in just one hour before midday.
The thunderstorm, combined with the humid air, which has been building up over the last few days, has caused the extreme conditions.
More heavy downpours are expected today and tomorrow.
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