Large parts of Sydney smashed by powerful storm cell

Large parts of Sydney smashed by powerful storm cell

Parts of New South Wales are being lashed by heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail as a powerful storm cell fast approaches.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning just after 4pm for Campbelltown, Fairfield and Liverpool in Sydney’s west along with Sutherland, Engadine and Kiama in the city’s south.

Thunderstorms brought extreme winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding were detected near Wollongong, Bulli, Oran Park and Albion Park.

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The Bureau reported wind gusts of up to 107 km/h just before 4pm at Bellambi.

Damaging winds and golf ball-sized hail were reported in large parts of Western Sydney with fallen trees and powerlines forcing road closures and power outages to around 3000 homes at Denham Court.

Live Traffic Sydney reported Campbelltown Road was closed in both directions between Brooks Road and Zouch Road.

Roads have since reopened however motorists are urged to take extra care, drive to the conditions and allow for extra travel time.

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