The sun doesn’t always shine in Australia’s Sydney apparently. A level of rain that the country’s most populous city would normally get through the whole of November fell in just a few hours, causing chaotic scenes in morning traffic, with submerged streets and metro stations.
One person was killed in a traffic accident and two firefighters were injured when a tree fell over while they were helping a motorist break out of his vehicle.
According to the weather services, in some places in the city, 118 millimeters of rain fell in just a few hours. It is the heaviest rainfall since 1984, and in terms of intensity even the heaviest rainfall in decades. On average in Sydney in the whole month of November, 84 millimeters of rain falls.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Ms Ann Farrell said “that’s the sort of rainfall you’d expect to see once every 100 years.”
The emergency services received hundreds of telephone calls and had to perform some fifteen rescue operations.
Some six thousand residents were left without electricity. Trains were cancelled or delayed due to flooded tracks and stations.
120 flights were canceled at Sydney airport.
“The storm is pretty intense in and around the airport,” Ms Cait Kyann, an airport spokeswoman declared.
“We are operating from a single runway so that means that there are delays and likely some flights will be cancelled.”
Australia is regularly faced with extreme weather. Last week there were sandstorms in the Sydney area.
This time round the rain was very welcome for the struggling farmers. It’s been very dry in the region in recent months.
In the northern part of Queensland it is still dry and hot. There the fire service is still fighting forest fires.
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