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27 Nov 2018 | 11:11 PM UTC

Australia: Storm causes flash flooding, flight delays in Sydney Nov. 28 /update 1

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New South Wales storm brings torrential rain, causing flash flooding and transportation disruptions in Sydney on November 28; flight delays and cancelations at Sydney Airport (SYD) reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/27/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/28/2018, 11:59 PM (Australia/Sydney). COUNTRY/REGION New South Wales, Sydney, Wollongong, Sydney Airport (SYD)

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A large storm is bringing torrential rain to coastal areas of New South Wales, from Mid North Coast to Illawarra and into the Blue Mountains as of 10:00 (local time) on Wednesday, November 28. An estimated 8 cm (3.2 in) of rain fell in Sydney before 07:00, causing flash flooding, road closures, and flight delays and cancelations at Sydney Airport (SYD). A total of 20 cm (8 in) of rain is possible in Sydney throughout the day. Local authorities reportedly rescued at least five motorists stranded due to high water levels. Intense winds of up to 90 km/h (56 mph) and more rain is expected and likely to cause further transportation disruptions. Continued flight delays and cancelations at SYD are also likely.


Individuals in New South Wales are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm the status of their flights, and anticipate transportation disruptions. Remember that walking or driving through high or running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.


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