Southern Sydney smashed by hail, storms

A clean-up is underway after severe thunderstorms hit Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, with the NSW SES responding to more than 800 calls overnight.

Some 14,000 Ausgrid customers lost power after strong winds, lightning and hail struck Sydney’s Sutherland Shire and northern beaches areas, the company posted on social media on Monday evening.

Fewer than 4000 customers remained powerless on Tuesday morning.

“The areas of Sutherland, Miranda and Caringbah were really impacted. We have teams out today, doing significant work … we’ve done nearly 70 per cent of the jobs overnight,” SES assistant commissioner Paul Bailey told ABC TV.

“It’s been an amazing season … the weather has been extremely unusual.”

A 16-year-old boy was struck by lightning in the Blue Mountains on Monday afternoon, while a nearby 24-year-old man was also treated.

Both were taken to Nepean Hospital in a stable condition.

A 65-year-old man was was treated for multiple injuries and airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition after a large tree crashed through a glass door at a house in Harrington on the mid-north coast.

NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott earlier on Monday warned of debris in rainfall run-off in fire-affected areas.

“Run-off from rainfall in fire-affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid resulting in flash flooding which may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks,” Mr Elliott said in a statement.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gabrielle Woodhouse also said fire-affected areas could experience run-off, flash flooding and roadways covered by debris.

“Due to the fire and drought conditions, quite a lot of the vegetation is weakened and this means that trees and trees’ branches are going to be much more likely to come down due to wind gust or a bit of heavy hail,” Ms Woodhouse said.

Downpours have provided relief for parts of drought-stricken NSW in recent days and helped firefighters slow the spread of bushfires and build containment lines ahead of increased fire danger mid-week.

A spike in heat is expected for Thursday and Friday.

The SES said NSW residents could help prevent storm damage by trimming back overhanging branches, cleaning gutters and downpipes and securing or putting away loose items around the yard or balcony.

Wind warnings are in place for the Byron, Coffs, Macquarie and Eden coasts.

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Baby

The most popular middle names for Aussie newborns

We already know the most popular first names given to newborns last year were Oliver, Noah, Leo and Amelia, Isla and Charlotte – but what about middle names?

We all know deciding on a middle name for your child can be just as tough as trying to pick a first name…

Does it flow? Does it sound too old? The list goes on…

Well it appears Australian parents are big fans of the names Rose and James, with the two scoring the top spot on the list of the most popular middle names given to infants in 2019.

Did your child’s middle name make the list?

TOP GIRL MIDDLE NAMES

  1. Rose
  2. Grace
  3. May
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Louise
  6. Mae
  7. Jane
  8. Anne
  9. Maree
  10. Marie

TOP BOY MIDDLE NAMES

  1. James
  2. John
  3. William
  4. Thomas
  5. Michael
  6. Alexander
  7. David
  8. George
  9. Robert
  10. Joseph

Police Tape

Three dead after car hits tree near Coffs Harbour

Three people have tragically died following a horror crash west of Coffs Harbour this morning.

Emergency crews were called to Gleniffer Road near Sunset Ridge Drive at Bellingen just before 2.30am.

Upon arrival, they found an eastbound small SUV had left the road and hit a tree.

Sadly, all three people in the car died at the scene.

A crime scene has been established and a report is being prepared for the information of the Coroner.

The victims have not yet been identified.

Airbag

42,000 more cars recalled because of potential deadly airbags

Another 42,000 cars are being recalled because of potentially deadly airbags, with owners urged to stop driving the vehicles immediately.

The latest recall affects some Honda and Mitsubishi vehicles built between 1996 and 2000.

Honda models part of this recall include CRV, Accord and Legend while Mitsubishi models include Pajero, Lancer, Mirage and Starwagon.

It follows a similar recall of some BMW, Audi, Ford, Mazda, Suzuki and Toyota vehicles.

The ACCC warns these vehicles may be fitted with Takata NADI 5-AT airbags which could misdeploy if involved in a crash and cause metal fragments to propel out of the air bag.

There is also a risk these airbags could under-inflate.

“These Takata NADI 5-AT airbags may kill or injure vehicle occupants if they misdeploy in an accident,” said ACCC Chair Rod Sims.

“Two drivers have already died in Australia after their Takata NADI 5-AT airbags ruptured and propelled metal parts into the car interior.”

“We urge owners to check if their vehicle is affected by visiting the Product Safety Australia website or contacting their manufacturer,” Mr Sims said.

Both Honda and Mitsubishi are offering to buy back affected vehicles at market value and provide other transport until the process is completed.

Severe Storm Warning

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of NSW

LATEST @ 1.46 PM AEDT: A detailed severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for people in parts of NSW.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area west of Berrima, the Lithgow district, the Muswellbrook district and the Glen Davis/Newnes district around 1.45pm.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast and are forecast to affect Colo Heights, Bundanoon and Moss Vale by 2:15 pm and Richmond, Riverstone and Branxton by 2:45 pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely, with residents being urged to move their cars undercover and secure loose items around the home.

LATEST @ 11:48 AEDT: There’s been a severe thunderstorm outbreak across southern NSW, with a severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of the state.

According to the weather bureau, a low pressure system over inland New South Wales is drawing humid air across eastern parts of the state causing widespread thunderstorm activity.

“This system is expected to gradually move to the Tasman Sea later tonight,” BOM said.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.”

Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Albury.

EARLIER: An updated severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for NSW, as a severe thunderstorm moves through parts of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that the storms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Batemans Bay, Canberra, Yass, Parkes, Wagga Wagga and Albury.

A severe thunderstorm warning issued for the Lower Western district earlier this morning has now been cancelled.

EARLIER: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of NSW this morning, with large hailstones, heavy rain and damaging winds set to lash parts of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a low pressure system over inland New South Wales is drawing humid air across eastern parts of the state causing widespread thunderstorm activity.

“This system is expected to gradually move to the Tasman Sea later tonight,” BOM said.

The severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Wagga Wagga, Albury, West Wyalong, Tumbarumba, Griffith and Narrandera.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.