A man was killed by a flying gas cylinder when a heavy thunderstorm struck Sydney at night, bringing thunder, lightning and floating rain.
The 37-year-old man was killed in The Rocks when a metal gas bottle turned into the air and hit him in the head when the wind reached 100 km / h.
Shocked witnesses and police performed CPR before being rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital, but he could not be rescued.
Thousands of Sydney residents woke up without power on Wednesday morning after the huge storm hit the city shortly before 11 p.m. It took about 40 minutes before it went into the ocean.
“Never seen such a storm before,” said a Twitter user from the west of the city. ‘More than an hour of non-stop lightning and thunder. The power has failed. ”
Commuters were warned to expect delays on Wednesday mornings due to fallen trees. The North Shore Line was delayed by a fallen tree near Pymble and the Northern Line was held up by a fallen tree in Thornleigh.
Thousands of people in Sydney woke up without power on Wednesday morning after a heavy thunderstorm struck the city in one night, killing one person. Pictured: lightning strikes in the sea on Tuesday evening
A man was killed by a flying gas bottle when a heavy thunderstorm struck Sydney at night. Pictured: the storm hits the Harbor Bridge
Lightning as seen from a distance above the city of Sydney on Tuesday evening, while 100 km / h of wind struck the port city
A brave Bondi resident filmed the lightning at the sea while he sat on the iconic beach on Tuesday evening
Hundreds of trees were brought down by the storm with winds up to 100 km / h. Pictured: a tree in the west of Sydney
Endeavor Energy said power outages affected 24,000 of its customers after the power lines were disconnected. Pictured: the storm on Tuesday evening in Sydney
The huge storm cell seen above Sydney on Tuesday evening moved quickly but caused damage
Ausgrid warned residents not to come near high voltage lines, as they can still be live and cause electric shocks
Endeavor Energy said power outages affected 24,000 of its customers after power cables were disconnected Tuesday night in northwestern Sydney and the Hawkesbury region, with 270 electrical hazards to be repaired.
Ausgrid said his electricity network was also damaged by the intense lightning storm, with 72,000 properties without electricity.
Jason Simms, spokesperson for the NSW, told ABC radio that since Tuesday at 9 p.m., volunteers had been called to 600 jobs in the Sydney metropolitan area, with most requests for help with cut down trees and branches.
Sydney will be sunny today and 26 ° C after the storm is over, but cooler weather conditions are expected in other parts of NSW when a cold front rises from the southeast.
A dry air mass means that southern parts of NSW can have temperatures below 20 ° C, especially in the southern Ranges and the south coast.
Western NSW regions are not expected to have significant rainfall in the coming days.
Gale warnings are present for the Eden Coast and strong wind warnings for the Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast.
There are also dangerous surf warnings for the Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast, with the NSW Police Marine Area Command advising people to consider staying out of the water.
A 37-year-old man was killed in The Rocks when a metal gas bottle turned into the air and hit him in the head when the wind reached 100 km / h. Pictured: police on the spot
Hundreds posted on social media in the middle of the storm. A woman in eastern Sydney said: ‘A serious wild weather here in Clovelly. Pictured: a tree fell on a suburban Sydney car
A heavy thunderstorm has flown into the city and has brought lightning, hail and harmful wind to the city after the same weather system struck Melbourne
A huge fallen tree was pictured in the ocean street north of Bondi after he crashed a car on Tuesday night
“This is different from anything we’ve seen before … The continuous lightning is bizarre and the tornado-like winds are crazy,” said a person
Endeavor Energy said it worked to restore power to thousands of homes after the storm
Hundreds posted on social media in the middle of the storm. A woman in eastern Sydney said: ‘A serious wild weather here in Clovelly. Sensational lightning, wind and rain. ”
Others described the storm as ‘tornado-like’.
“This is different from anything we’ve seen before … The continuous lightning is bizarre and the tornado-like winds are crazy,” they said.
Endeavor Energy said it worked to restore power to thousands of homes.
“Severe lightning and 100 km plus windstorm swept across western Sydney and the south coast last night,” tweeted the energy supplier.
‘Crews that work to restore power to 21,000 customers. Please stay eight meters away from fallen power lines. ”
The wild weather has also led to major train delays in the city with lightning strikes that affect the infrastructure and trees on the tracks at multiple locations.
Rain fell in sheets, wild winds threatened to uproot trees and a lightning show lit up the night sky
There were traffic delays in some parts of the city, while strong winds blew branches and trees over some roads
The wild weather has also led to major train delays in the city with lightning strikes affecting the infrastructure and trees on the tracks at multiple locations
Massive storm clouds seen on the CBD of Sydney on Tuesday evening before rain hit the city
Severe thunderstorms fell through Sydney on Tuesday evening with fallen trees and power outages
Several streets were supported by traffic due to fallen trees on the road, including Bells Line Road and Concord Road.
Several flights to Sydney were also turned around, unable to land due to the chaotic weather.
The weather system had moved south from Melbourne, with a heavy thunderstorm covering the interior of that city on Tuesday afternoon at about 9 p.m.
Flash floods had previously been hit by parts of the city, including Berwick, Officer, Pakenham, and the surrounding area.
While thunderstorms move rapidly from the south, the amount of rainfall is quite low throughout the state, with 24 millimeters the highest recorded in Greenstead on the Hawkesbury River.
Orange registered 12 mm in 10 minutes, due to thunder activity. Damaging winds of 90 km / h fell Nowra and Wollongong.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury areas from a separate storm cell.
The storm over Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon (photo) gained speed and intensity before hitting Sydney on Tuesday evening
Severe storms and lightning caused great damage in Sydney on Tuesday evening, causing power outages and commuting delays
WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY
Wednesday: 21 ° C, Max: 27 ° C
Thursday: 19C, Max 23C
Friday: 19 ° C, Max: 24 ° C
Saturday: 19 ° C, Max: 25 ° C
Wednesday: 14 ° C, Max: 20 ° C
Thursday: 13C, Max: 20C
Friday: 14 ° C, Max: 21 ° C
Saturday: 12 ° C, Max: 23 ° C
Wednesday: 24 ° C, Max: 34 ° C
Thursday: 24 ° C, Max: 31 ° C
Friday: 23 ° C, Max: 29 ° C
Saturday: 22 ° C, Max: 26 ° C
Wednesday: 27 ° C, Max: 34 ° C
Thursday: 27C, Max: 36C
Friday: 28 ° C, Max: 33 ° C
Saturday: 27 ° C, Max: 33 ° C
Wednesday: 13 ° C, Max: 17 ° C
Thursday: 11C, Max: 19C
Friday: 12 ° C, Max: 19 ° C
Saturday: 10 ° C, Max: 22 ° C
Wednesday: 22 ° C, Max: 33 ° C
Thursday: 22 ° C, Max: 34 ° C
Friday: 25 ° C, Max: 35 ° C
Saturday: 23 ° C, Max: 31 ° C
Wednesday: 14 ° C, Max: 23 ° C
Thursday: 13C, Max: 25C
Friday: 13 ° C, Max: 26 ° C
Saturday: 14 ° C, Max: 29 ° C
Wednesday: 12 ° C, Max: 25 ° C
Thursday: 11C, Max: 26C
Friday: 13 ° C, Max: 25 ° C
Saturday: 14 ° C, Max: 26 ° C
Source: Bureau of Meteorology Australia