A man was killed by a flying gas bottle as a severe thunderstorm lashed Sydney overnight, bringing thunder, lightning and heavy rain.
The 37-year-old was walking in The Rocks at midnight when a metal gas bottle became airborne and struck him in the head as winds reached 100kmh.
Horrified witnesses and police performed CPR before he was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital where he couldn’t be saved.
Thousands of Sydney residents woke up without power this morning after the huge storm, which has been compared to a tornado, hit the city shortly before 11pm. It lasted about 40minutes before moving into the ocean.
‘Never seen a storm like this before,’ one Twitter user from the city’s west said. ‘Non-stop lightning and thunder for over an hour. Power has gone off.’
Commuters were told to expect delays this morning as a huge clean-up operation began. The North Shore Line was delayed by a fallen tree near Pymble and the Northern Line was held up by a fallen tree in Thornleigh.
Commuters were told to expect delays this morning as a huge clean-up operation began. Pictured: The storm over Sydney last night
Lightning struck above Bondi Beach on Tuesday night as the storm came through the area at around 11pm
Most requests for assistance related to downed trees and branches. Pictured: Bondi Beach on Tuesday night
Ausgrid said that 31,000 had power restored this morning with crews working around the clock and that 49,000 homes and businesses were still without power at 8am. Pictured: A car smashed by a tree in Bondi
A man was killed by a flying gas bottle as severe thunderstorm lashed Sydney overnight. Pictured: The storm hits the Harbour Bridge
Lightning seen from a distance over Sydney city on Tuesday night as 100kmh winds lashed the Harbour City
One brave Bondi resident filmed the flashes of lightning out to sea while sitting on the iconic beach on Tuesday night
Hundreds of trees were brought down by the storm which had winds of up to 100kmh. Pictured: A tree in western Sydney
The massive storm cell seen over Sydney on Tuesday night moved quickly but caused havoc
Endeavour Energy said electricity cuts were affecting 24,000 of its customers after power lines were brought down in northwest Sydney and the Hawkesbury region on Tuesday night, with 270 electrical hazards needing repairs.
Ausgrid said its power network had also been damaged by the intense lightning storm in, with 72,000 properties left without electricity.
NSW SES spokesman Jason Simms told ABC radio that volunteers had been called to 600 jobs in the Sydney metropolitan area since 9pm on Tuesday, with most requests for assistance related to downed trees and branches.
Sydney will be sunny and 26C today after the storm passed but in other parts of NSW cooler weather conditions are expected as a cold front moves up from from the southeast.
A dry air mass means southern parts of NSW could have temperatures drop below 20C, particularly in the Southern Ranges and South Coast region.
Western NSW regions are not expected to have any significant rainfall over the next few days.
Gale warnings are in place for the Eden Coast and strong wind warnings for the Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast.
Hazardous surf warnings are also in place for the Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast, with the NSW Police Marine Area Command advising people to consider staying out of the water.
A 37-year-old man was killed in The Rocks on when a metal gas bottle became airborne and struck him in the head as winds reached 100kmh. Pictured: Police at the scene
Ausgrid warned residents not to go near powerlines as they may still be live and could cause electric shocks
Hundreds posted on social media in the midst of the storm. One woman in Sydney’s east said: ‘Some seriously wild weather here in Clovelly. Pictured: A tree fell on a car in suburban Sydney
A severe thunderstorm has barrelled into Sydney, bringing lightning, hail and damaging winds to the city after the same weather system lashed Melbourne
A massive fallen tree was pictured in ocean street north in Bondi having crushed a car on Tuesday night
A huge clean up operation (pictured in the CBD) was underway in Sydney on Wednesday morning after the storm caused carnage on Tuesday night
Hundreds posted on social media in the midst of the storm. One woman in Sydney’s east said: ‘Some seriously wild weather here in Clovelly. Sensational lightning, wind and sheeting rain.’
‘This is unlike anything we’ve seen before… The continuous lightning is bizarre and the tornado-esque winds are crazy,’ they said.
Endeavour Energy said it was working to restore power to thousands of homes.
‘Severe lightning and 100km plus windstorm swept across western Sydney and the South Coast tonight,’ the energy provider tweeted.
‘Crews working to restore power to 21,000 customers. Please stay eight metres back from fallen power lines.’
The wild weather has also sparked major train delays in the city with lightning strikes affecting infrastructure and trees on the tracks at multiple locations.
Traffic delays were seen is some parts of the city as strong winds blew branches and trees over some roads
Severe thunderstorms swept through Sydney on Tuesday night causing fallen trees and power outages
Several streets were backed up with traffic due to fallen trees on the road including Bells Line Road and Concord Road.
Several flights coming into Sydney were also turned around, unable to land due to the chaotic weather.
The weather system had moved south from Melbourne, with a severe thunderstorm warning issued for that city’s inner east on Tuesday afternoon lifted by about 9pm.
Flash flooding had earlier swept through parts of the city including Berwick, Officer, Pakenham, and surrounds.
As the thunderstorms are moving fast from the south, rainfall totals have been quite low across the state, with 24 millimetres the highest recorded in Greenstead near the Hawkesbury River.
Orange recorded 12mm in 10 minutes, due to thunderstorm activity. Damaging winds of 90km/h pelted Nowra and Wollongong.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury areas from a separate storm cell.
The storm over Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon (pictured) gathered speed and intensity before hitting Sydney on Tuesday night
Severe storms and lightning wreaked havoc in Sydney on Tuesday night causing power outages and commuter delays
WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY
Wednesday: 21C, Max: 27C
Thursday: 19C, Max 23C
Friday: 19C, Max: 24C
Saturday: 19C, Max: 25C
Wednesday: 14C, Max: 20C
Thursday: 13C, Max: 20C
Friday: 14C, Max: 21C
Saturday: 12C, Max: 23C
Wednesday: 24C, Max: 34C
Thursday: 24C, Max: 31C
Friday: 23C, Max: 29C
Saturday: 22C, Max: 26C
Wednesday: 27C, Max: 34C
Thursday: 27C, Max: 36C
Friday: 28C, Max: 33C
Saturday: 27C, Max: 33C
Wednesday: 13C, Max: 17C
Thursday: 11C, Max: 19C
Friday: 12C, Max: 19C
Saturday: 10C, Max: 22C
Wednesday: 22C, Max: 33C
Thursday: 22C, Max: 34C
Friday: 25C, Max: 35C
Saturday: 23C, Max: 31C
Wednesday: 14C, Max: 23C
Thursday: 13C, Max: 25C
Friday: 13C, Max: 26C
Saturday: 14C, Max: 29C
Wednesday: 12C, Max: 25C
Thursday: 11C, Max: 26C
Friday: 13C, Max: 25C
Saturday: 14C, Max: 26C
Source: Bureau of Meteorology Australia