Sydney is being smashed by a severe thunderstorm with large hailstones, damaging wind and heavy rain.
The thunderstorm rolled in on Monday afternoon, with warnings of life-threatening flash flooding.
Flashes of lightning and booms of thunder reverberated around the city.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for parts of the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Sydney areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast just after 3pm on Monday said the heavy rain could lead to flash flooding.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Sydney areas
The thunderstorms were moving east and were forecast to affect Parramatta, Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Fairfield, Horsley Park and Riverstone by mid-afternoon.
The State Emergency Service advised people to move their cars under cover and away from trees, to remove loose items from their properties and to keep away from fallen power lines.
It also warned people not to walk, cycle or drive through flood waters and to keep children and pets indoors.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is current for the Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains and parts of the Mid North Coast, North West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Lower Western, Upper Western and Snowy Mountains districts.
More to come.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast just after 3pm on Monday said the heavy rain could lead to flash flooding