Sunday, March 3, 2024

Hail storm brings white Christmas to central NSW

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting mild winds and attainable blue skies on Sydney Harbour for the start of the 78th Sydney to Hobart yacht race, in what senior meteorologist Gabrielle Woodhouse described as a “goldilocks interval” between anticipated thunderstorms early Tuesday morning and within the afternoon.

“For many who’ll be on the harbour, it appears prefer it’ll be clear for when the race begins,” she stated. “As soon as these boats get out over open water and beginning heading south … that’s the place we begin to have that variability and people stronger winds.”

Woodhouse stated the identical low-pressure system was anticipated to convey thunderstorms to elements of Sydney earlier than transferring out to the Tasman Sea, the place sailors will navigate by low visibility and doubtlessly harmful situations.

“Lightning is a priority, clearly if you happen to’re hit by it,” he stated. “However together with the lightning it’s the winds, the rain and the hail that may be problematic.”

Clear up efforts continued on Christmas Day after the NSW SES made 20 separate flood rescues throughout Sydney on Sunday night time.

The town’s south and airport have been hit notably laborious, with volunteers making rescues in Kensington, Randwick, Mascot, Botany and Kingsford – principally for automobiles trapped in flood water.

SES members additionally assisted with sandbagging and cleansing buildings impacted by flash flooding, performing assistant commissioner Allison Flaxman stated.

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