Sydney smashed by tornado, while severe weather warning remains for parts of NSW

UPDATE: Wild weather has left a trail of destruction in Sydney, with trees flattened, houses damaged and powerlines down.

The severe thunderstorm struck the city around 10.30am with 213km/h winds and hail in excess of 6cm.

The storm was so severe it caused the roof of Westfield’s Bondi Junction to collapse, with the shopping centre evacuated.


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A severe thunderstorm warning remains current for people  in parts of the Greater Newcastle and Gosford/Wyong areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:15 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Budgewoi and Wyong.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. They are forecast to affect Belmont, Swansea and Lake Macquarie by 3:45 pm and Newcastle City, Charlestown and Wallsend by 4:15 pm.

Large hailstones, very heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds are likely.

Very destructive winds associated with a possible tornado affected the Sydney coast around Kurnell at 10.30am this morning, however these destructive winds have now moved offshore.

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 clear of fallen power lines.
* 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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 4:20 pm.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Central Tablelands and parts of the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes and Northern Tablelands districts.

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EARLIER: A severe thunderstorm and tornado warning has been issued for people in parts of the Sydney area.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 10:40 am, extremely dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Sydney Airport and Maroubra.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Sydney City, Sydney Olympic Park, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and waters off Bondi Beach by 11:10 am and Hornsby, Ryde and Terrey Hills by 11:40 am.

Tornadoes, very destructive winds, large hailstones and very heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

Radar suggests possible tornado near Kurnell, and moving to north. Bureau confirming wind gust greater than 200 km/h reported at Kurnell 1030am

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 clear of fallen power lines.
* 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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:40 am.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Metropolitan, Illawarra and parts of the Hunter districts

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PHOTO: BOM

PHOTO: Storm damage in Kurnell, NSW.

PHOTO: Storm damage in Kurnell, NSW.

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