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A person has died in Sydney’s north as today’s wild weather took a tragic turn.
Two cars collided in Thornleigh, killing one of the occupants. Two police officers were also injured when a tree fell on their car.
Police have said the conditions are “horrendous” and the “worst they’ve seen” following a storm. They have pleaded with motorists not to drive through floodwaters.
Elsewhere there’s chaos on Sydney’s roads, public transport networks and airport because of the torrential storm lashing the city. Flooding has closed the entire light rail network and some stations.
In Sydney’s CBD 115mm of rain has fallen between 5am and 11am, approaching double November’s average rainfall in just six hours. Around 80mm has fallen on Sydney’s Olympic Park, 100mm on Nowra on the South Coast, 60mm in the Central Coast and around 25mm in Wollongong.
Forecasters have said the rain could last much of the day easing only in the evening.
About 9am this morning, emergency services were called to a two-vehicle crash in Thornleigh, and found a male passenger had died at the scene.
The car’s other occupants, both also male, have been taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.
The two injured police officers were called to the buy Pittwater Road in North Ryde, in the city’s north, at 6.50am this morning, when a tree fell on two of the officers and a vehicle.
A tree fell on two police officers in North Ryde this morning.Source:Supplied
A male constable sustained minor injuries and a female constable sustained serious injuries, including a suspected broken leg.
She was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics and has been taken to Royal North Shore hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding — with more than 100mm of rain falling during the commute — causing major disruptions on the city’s roads in time for peak hour.
The SES has received 200 calls for help and rescued stranded drivers at West Pymble, Silverwater and Macquarie Park.
Roads are quickly becoming rivers in parts of Ultimo, Mascot, Roseville and Thornleigh.
NSW Police said drivers, riders, cyclists and pedestrians needed to take extra care, increase their visibility with headlights and bright clothing and increase braking distances.
“We’re asking all road users to perhaps reconsider the need to be on the road through what will be a severe rain event,” Chief Inspector Phillip Brooks told reporters on Tuesday.
Confused commuters say they are being turned away from airport terminals, walking into blacked out train stations and suffering major delays on the city’s roads, buses and ferries.
Passengers are advised to allow extra travel time on the T1 North Shore, Northern and Western line, T2 Inner West and Leppington line, T3 Bankstown line and T8 Airport & South line. Lewisham Station has reopened after being closed earlier due to flooding.
Buses are replacing ferries between Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park as the weir has overflowed.
Cockatoo Island Wharf is closed so F3 and F8 ferries are not stopping there
There are delays of up to 70 minutes on a number of bus services — including Chatswood, Neutral Bay and Mosman services, the Homebush, Strathfield, Drummoyne, and Rozelle buses, and Randwick, Kensington, Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Zetland and Macquarie Park services.
Buses in the CBD are also delayed by up to 45 minutes.
At Strathfield, one commuter told news.com.au that all of the station’s information displays had blacked out and the Opal card readers were down.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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