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Torrential rain produced dangerous flash flooding in Sydney, Australia

Sydney has experienced its heaviest rainfalls in three years. Torrential rain has caused flash flooding, public transport chaos and roads have become rivers in the town, Wednesday.

One person was killed and two officers injured. A lot of cars were trapped in flash floods. NSW Police, the Bureau of Meteorology and SES representatives warn more storms and flash flooding is expected. Warnings were also issued for destructive wind. “The worst winds will impact Sydney in the afternoon before shifting north to the Central Coast and Hunter coastline during the evening,” weather meteorologists said.  More than 70 crews, about 300 volunteers, are out in the field. The NSW SES has made 13 flood rescue across Sydney, the Central Coast and the Illawarra region, and has fielded more than 800 emergency calls.

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Flooded streets in Sydney

Ferries are not running between Parramatta and Olympic Park. The light rail from Central to Dulwich Hill remains shut. There are delays or bus  station closures on the Bankstown, Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra, Airport, South and Carlingord lines. “The roads are going to remain dangerous across the rest of the day due to large quantities of water on the ground and the likelihood of further trees and powerlines coming down,” authorities said. Power is out for thousands people. About 130 flights have been cancelled by Sydney airport. Visibility on the ground dropped. Dozens of roads across the city have been shut due to flash flooding. he Woolworths supermarket at Sydney’s Town Hall was forced to close after water began pouring through the walls and roof. Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant says the agency is working hard.

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