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A massive power outage generated major problems in Sydney, Australia

More than 45,000 homes were hit by a major power outage in Sydney, caused by a fault on an underground cable, leaving traffic lights down, and affecting also schools and hospitals.

Internet for many residents went offline. Businesses were affected too in the city’s eastern suburbs. NSW Fire and Rescue crews rescued people who were trapped in lifts in the densely populated area. Impacted areas include Randwick, Bondi Junction, Bondi, Kensington, Waverley, Double Bay, Woollahra. Other affected suburbs included Bronte, Bellevue Hill, Clovelly, Coogee, Rose Bay, Queens Park, Edgecliff, Point Piper, Paddington, Tamarama, Bondi Beach and parts of nearby areas. Emergency crews rushed to the area to restore power. It comes a day after two coal-fired power stations  Liddell in NSW’s Hunter Valley and Eraring at Lake Macquarie  suffered broken generators.

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The affected areas in Sydney

The major blackout occurred as temperatures are expected to hit a high of 38C or even 40. Temperatures at Sydney Airport had already nudged 37C by midday, and 34C in the CBD. However, in other areas, the Bureau of Meteorology has now said a cooler change in the weather is on the way. A Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds is currently in place for the NSW coast between Kiama, south of Sydney, and Wyong to the north.

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