A woman has died in a car crash during severe weather that saw four people struck by lightning, caused major delays at Sydney Airport and caused chaos for travellers.
The 31-year-old woman died after her SUV collided with another at Narrabeen, on Sydney’s northern beaches.
The other driver, a 51-year-old man, was uninjured.
The accident occurred after torrential rain hit the city, and a strong storm blew a hole in the airport’s main runway.
The damage caused flights to be canceled and led to a series of delays.
Meanwhile, four people taking shelter from the rain under trees at the Royal Botanical Gardens were struck by lightning.
Torrential rain hit Sydney on Monday, causing chaos for commuters
Two men and two women were rushed to hospital after being injured by a lightning strike while under a tree in the Botanical Gardens at around 12.45pm.
A man in his 20s and a woman in her 20s were taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
A man and woman in their 30s were taken to St Vincent’s Hospital.
The city was hit by about 75,000 lightning bolts in three hours.
The bad weather also caused widespread chaos on the rail network, including damage to equipment at Milsons Point.
As a result, the T1 North Shore line was closed and no trains ran between North Sydney and Gordon.
As a result, T9 Northern will experience significant delays overnight, which will also affect the T2 Inner West and T3 Bankstown lines due to the flow of trains.
The delays caused very congested platforms at Wynyard, Town Hall and Central on Monday night.
Sydney was hit by heavy rain on Monday as a severe thunderstorm warning was issued.
Bad weather damaged a runway at Sydney Airport, causing long delays (pictured)
The deluge plunged the railway network into chaos just hours before the afternoon peak
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued across the Greater Sydney region as many suburban areas faced possible flash flooding.
More rain is expected on Tuesday and another storm is possible in the afternoon.
The temperature will rise to 26C as clouds persist over the city.
Earlier, the storm delayed Taylor Swift’s private plane by up to 30 minutes as the pop star flew from Melbourne to Sydney.
Fans are seen sheltering under umbrellas as they arrive at Sydney Airport to greet Taylor Swift.
Swift’s plane was delayed half an hour when the pop star arrived in Sydney on Monday (pictured: Eager fans wait to see her at Sydney Airport)
The singer was seen boarding her private jet in Melbourne later that day wearing a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVIII Champs baseball cap in tribute to her boyfriend Travis Kelce (pictured).
Swift and her crew were spotted leaving Melbourne around midday on Monday ahead of her upcoming four-day run of shows on her Eras Tour in Harbor City. The megastar landed safely at 1:25 p.m.
After landing, she is expected to be taken to a penthouse at Crown in Barangaroo.
The pop superstar, 34, will perform four shows in Sydney starting Friday before heading to Singapore.
The Shake It Off hitmaker wore a dark miniskirt paired with a red T-shirt that revealed her midriff for her flight.
She paid tribute to her boyfriend Travis Kelce by wearing a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVIII Champs baseball cap after his team’s big win earlier this month.
More than 13,000 homes and businesses in Sydney’s northern suburbs were without power on Monday
A Coles in Balgowlah is seen in complete darkness after a major storm hit the town on Monday.
Swift was accompanied by her entourage as she climbed the stairs of her Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft, which features a double bed and an elegant dining cabin.
More than 13,000 homes on the city’s northern beaches lost power shortly before 1pm on Monday as heavy rain, strong winds and lightning hit the city.
Residents of Fairlight, Manly, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Seaforth, Manly Vale, Killarney Heights and Mosman were plunged into darkness and all affected.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe storm warning for heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail for much of New South Wales.
The heaviest downpours were recorded in Kings Langley, northwest of Sydney, where 48mm of rain fell in one hour.