23. October 2021

Tornado warning eased as ‘very dangerous’ storms hit Sydney


“We urge people to make sure they are prepared.”

Parts of western Sydney have been battered with heavy rain and hail with Penrith receiving virtually 24mm of rain in half an hour whereas Canterbury obtained virtually 28 mm in 20 minutes. In Goulburn, about 200 kilometres south of Sydney, 24 mmwas recorded in half-hour.

A tornado warning was issued for Greater Sydney.

A twister warning was issued for Greater Sydney. Credit:BOM

Heavy hail was reported in Mount Druitt whereas 5cm-wide hail stones have been reported at Penrith.

Bureau meteorologist Grace Legge stated whereas storms occurred by a lot of japanese NSW, Sydney acquired hit with a few of the largest supercells.

“They can be quite isolated… so it can be a little bit hit-and-miss,” she stated.

She stated the danger of extreme thunderstorms nonetheless remained as of 9pm however that danger ought to ease as the evening progresses.

A powerful storm entering Sydney  near Londonderry

A strong storm coming into Sydney close to LondonderryCredit:Nick Moir

The twister warning was issued simply after 4pm when rotation beneath a supercell was detected on the radar.

“It’s hard to tell on the radar the exact height … but it looks like it didn’t make it all the way down,” Ms Legge stated.

Very harmful thunderstorms have been detected close to Sydney City, Sydney Airport, Sydney Olympic Park and the Sydney Harbour Bridge at 4.40pm, shifting in the direction of the south-east.

The climate bureau issued a warning after a twister signature was noticed over western Sydney at 4.09pm, however by 5:11pm the bureau stated the specter of extreme thunderstorms had “temporarily eased”.

Dangerous storms tore through Sydney suburbs on Thursday afternoon, bringing with it large hail stones to the city’s north-west.

Dangerous storms tore by Sydney suburbs on Thursday afternoon, bringing with it giant hail stones to town’s north-west. Credit:Nick Moir

Earlier, the bureau stated very harmful thunderstorms have been detected close to Horsley Park, Riverstone and Fairfield.

Very harmful thunderstorms have been forecast to have an effect on Parramatta, Sydney Airport, Sydney Olympic Park and Liverpool by 4:35 pm and Sydney City, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Randwick by 5:05 pm.


Other extreme thunderstorms have been detected on the climate radar close to Richmond, Newcastle City, Calga, Engadine and Swansea. They have been forecast to have an effect on Woy Woy, Waterfall and Budgewoi by 4:35 pm and Gordon, Manly and waters off Stanwell Park by 5:05 pm.

People driving on the M1 between Sydney and the Central Coast have been advised be “very careful” with a storm cell anticipated to succeed in the world earlier than 4.40pm.

A deep chilly entrance related to a low-pressure system in South Australia is shifting throughout the state and inflicting extreme storms.

The bureau stated extreme storms have been detected at 3.15pm close to Wisemans Ferry, Appin, Yengo National Park northwest of St Albans, St Albans and Badgerys Creek. The thunderstorms have been shifting in the direction of the southeast and have been anticipated to hit Wollongong, Richmond, Campbelltown and Penrith by 3.45pm and Parramatta, Gosford and Mona Vale by 4.15pm.

On Thursday morning, the climate bureau issued a extreme thunderstorm warning for Camden, Picton and Campbelltown with predictions of damaging winds and huge hailstones.

A severe supercell thunderstorm tracks south-east over Pyrmont in Sydney.

A extreme supercell thunderstorm tracks south-east over Pyrmont in Sydney.Credit:Wolter Peeters

The storms, which arrived over the Blue Mountains and moved in a south-easterly course in the direction of Wollongong, handed about noon and the warning was cancelled.

Damaging wind warnings imply gusts over 90km/h have been anticipated. Large hailstones are outlined as greater than two centimetres in diameter, or the scale of a cherry.

During storms the State Emergency Services advises folks to safe free objects round the home and transfer any vehicles beneath cowl or away from bushes.

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino on Wednesday labelled the climate system the “beast from the south”, warning it will produce a harmful mixture of heavy rain, extreme thunderstorms, damaging winds, hail and snow over elements of southern and japanese Australia over the approaching days.

More storms are doable on Friday forward of a effective and sunny weekend in Sydney, the primary weekend in 4 months of eased restrictions when folks can legally collect in giant teams and go to properties.

Saturday and Sunday are each forecast to succeed in 23 levels in Sydney.

The bureau on Wednesday issued a La Nina alert, that means there’s a 70 per cent likelihood of the climate occasion occurring within the coming months.

La Nina occasions enhance the probabilities of above-average rainfall for northern and japanese Australia throughout spring and summer season.

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