Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Sydney and Newcastle


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Batten down the hatches, Sydney.

It may look lovely outside, a beautiful summer’s day, but that could all be about to come to a shattering end.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the city, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains.

On Friday afternoon, the area could be subjected to damaging winds and large hailstones, the Bureau has warned.

At 1pm heavy rain was detected in Penrith, in Sydney’s west.

The NSW State Emergency Service has advised people to move their cars away from trees, secure loose items around the home and keep at least eight metres from any fallen power lines.

Phones should not be used during a storm and computers and appliances unplugged.

Thunderstorms detected on Sydney radar

It was just 10 days ago that a monster storm raged through Sydney bringing flash flooding to a city that has otherwise sweltered through a parched summer.

The city was drenched in half a month’s worth of rain on February 6.

The city and the inner west suburb of Marrickville were hit with 53mm of rain with the majority falling in just one hour between 10am and 11am as the storm cell hit.

The storm caused an apartment building in Marrickville to be evacuated, amid fears it could collapse into a flooded water hole behind it.

Close to Malcolm Turnbull’s home in Point Piper, a massive sinkhole opened up as large as a backyard swimming pool.

The SES responded to 160 calls for help, including 16 people trapped in their cars who had to be rescued from floodwaters around the inner west and airport.

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