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Sydney is smashed by its second wild storm in as many days – as 15,000 are left without power 

Half an hour of horror: Sydney is smashed by a brutal 30-minute storm bringing hail stones the size of TENNIS BALLS, uprooting trees and leaving 35,000 homes without power

  • Sydney has been hit by its second thunderstorm in as many days on Saturday 
  • The BOM issued a severe thunderstorm warning for most of NSW’s east coast
  • By 5pm the wild weather had whipped the harbour city and the surrounding area
  • Hailstones as big as tennis balls rained down in a brief but brutal half-hour storm 
  • Queensland is still facing the risk of flash flooding in eastern parts of the state

Sydney has been lashed by a second thunderstorm in as many days – tearing down power lines, raining down hailstones the size of tennis balls and cutting off power for around 35,000 customers across the region in a half-hour period of horror.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for most of New South Wales’ east coast on Saturday afternoon after vicious wind gusts nearing 100km/h slammed northern parts of the state at around 2pm.

By 5pm the wild weather had set in around the Harbour City, with three separate thunderstorms bearing down on the greater Sydney area and Woollongong. 

Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Owen weakened from a category one to a category two system over Queensland on Saturday morning but there is still a risk of flash flooding to eastern parts of the state.

Sydney has been lashed by its second thunderstorm in as many days – tearing down power lines and trees and cutting off power for around 35,000 customers across the region

Hail, lightning and heavy rain was brought to Sydney by the second thunderstorm in as many days to hit the harbour city

Hail, lightning and heavy rain was brought to Sydney by the second thunderstorm in as many days to hit the harbour city

Hailstones as big as tennis balls rained down in a brief but brutal half-hour storm

Hailstones as big as tennis balls rained down in a brief but brutal half-hour storm

Ausgrid, which supplies the Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter regions and has 1.7 million customers, reported 35,000 customers without power during the peak of the storm.

Outages affecting 4600 customers in the western suburbs of Villawood and Chester Hill were the worst of those reported by the power supplier.

There is no clear timeline for when the power will be restored. 

Endeavour Energy is also working to restore power to around 54,000 homes and businesses in Sydney’s north west. 

The Bureau of Meteorology had warned earlier in the day of multiple storm cells converging on Sydney late on Saturday afternoon, and a particularly ‘dangerous thunderstorm’ encroaching on Newcastle. 

 By 5pm the wild weather had set in around the harbour city, with three separate thunderstorms bearing down on the greater Sydney area and Woollongong

 By 5pm the wild weather had set in around the harbour city, with three separate thunderstorms bearing down on the greater Sydney area and Woollongong

The brunt of the storm lasted around an hour and was caused by a slow moving low pressure system coming in from the west

The brunt of the storm lasted around an hour and was caused by a slow moving low pressure system coming in from the west

The brunt of the storm lasted around an hour, and Weatherzone meteorologist Lachlan Maher said it was unlikely it would return on Saturday evening.

He told Daily Mail Australia however it was possible storm-like conditions could return on Sunday afternoon.

‘This is quite a slow moving system coming in from western parts of the state towards the coast, so there is a chance it could return tomorrow evening.’ 

Passengers at Sydney airport were also facing delays of up to an hour as the storm battered the harbour city – with domestic passengers told they could be the worst affected.

 Parts of the city’s train network have ground to a halt again with a power outage and debris on the track stopping trains between Parramatta and Granville.

The Northern Line is also experiencing power failures which have stopped lifts and Opal card systems.

Some trains were replaced by buses in peak hour on Friday afternoon during torrential rain and, on Thursday, similar storms caused flash flooding in parts of the city.  

Passengers at Sydney airport were also facing delays of up to an hour as the thunderstorm (pictured) battered the harbour city - with domestic passengers told they could be the worst affected

Passengers at Sydney airport were also facing delays of up to an hour as the thunderstorm (pictured) battered the harbour city – with domestic passengers told they could be the worst affected

Hailstones bore down on the far western suburb of Campbelltown and residents were quick to post footage of the vicious weather online

Hailstones bore down on the far western suburb of Campbelltown and residents were quick to post footage of the vicious weather online

A resident loads sandbags at SES headquarters in Cairns, Queensland on Saturday as Cyclone Owen dumped heavy rain in the region on Friday and Saturday

A resident loads sandbags at SES headquarters in Cairns, Queensland on Saturday as Cyclone Owen dumped heavy rain in the region on Friday and Saturday

Residents reported fallen trees causing blocked roads around Parramatta.

Dozens of trees in the Hills area of the city’s north-west also fell during the storm, according to news.com.au.

Hailstones bore down on the far western suburb of Campbelltown and residents were quick to post footage of the vicious weather online.

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