Chaotic storms lash NSW, Australia

Thousands across the state were placed on alert after the sudden and extreme weather brought heavy hail, destructive winds and lightning, and even stark temperature drops to parts of the state.
chaotic storms in Australia
It’s been a wild end to the week with a storm smashing its way through New South Wales (NSW) Australia. 
The system roared across the state this afternoon, from the Central West to the coast, bringing torrential rain, hail, and thousands of lightning strikes.
In Castlereagh, trees came down, toppling powerlines and crushing a car bonnet, putting the driver in hospital.
Bondi Junction Australia
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In Bundanoon, in the state’s Southern Highlands, a resident posted pictures of her garden covered in a thick layer of ice.
 
“I’m still shivering from the hail pelting down on me. I just felt the power of a storm go all through my body,” she said in a post on Facebook.
 
Similar images have emerged from around the state after a single set of extreme and fast-moving storms slammed much of the central tablelands with damaging winds, hail, and lightning.
Sydney storms
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a warning shortly after 1 pm as Dubbo and surrounding areas bore the brunt of the extreme weather – with 2.5-centimeter hailstones falling.
 
As of 2 pm, storms were occurring over the state’s central inland, with a warning in place for damaging winds and large hail in the Hunter, Sydney Metro, Central Tablelands, and parts of Mid North Coast, Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains and South West Slopes Forecast Districts.

A shelf cloud forms up ahead of a line of intense storms as they pass over Ben Buckler near Bondi, NSW Australia ( Wolter Peeter / Twitter)

Conditions were intense in central NSW, producing wind gusts of 89km/h at Port Botany, 82km/h at Nobbys Head and Singleton, and 80km/h at Sydney Airport.
 
Sydney’s temperatures dropped by more than 8C in the space of three hours, with 3000 lightning strikes recorded across the city.
 
Wagga Wagga recorded its heaviest rain in months with a total of 25mm since midday. while drought-stricken Tumbarumba, on the edge of the Snowy Mountains, recorded its heaviest November rain in nine years.
The storm even caused a mini-duststorm at Villawood with strong winds whipping the ground up as a massive storm cell swept across the city.
In the north, stormwater drains overflowed in Newcastle while Helensburgh was pounded by violent hail 200km south.
 
Pat Walsh was driving through Narromine around 1 pm when the hail started to fall and said the stones measured up to 2.5 centimeters.
 
“The temp was 31 degrees then dropped to 14 degrees in the storm,” he said.
 
The storms aren’t expected to bring heavy rain however winds in excess of 80km/h have already been recorded in some areas.
Clouds over Sturmabteilung NSW Australia
Clouds over Sturmabteilung NSW Australia

The weather is forecast to affect Belmont, Cessnock, Swansea, and Lake Macquarie by 3:15 pm and Charlestown, Cardiff, Boolaroo, and Warners Bay by 3:45 pm.

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