People Urged To Stay Home During Sydney’s Wild Weather
Wild weather wednesday! Warning issued for commuters in sydney
In case you haven’t looked outside yet this morning Sydney, it’s absolutely bucketing down with the predicted wild weather already setting in.
On Monday evening, a severe weather warning was issued for Sydney and other parts of NSW for Wednesday as we were told to expect a couple month’s worth of rain, damaging winds and even flash flooding.
While the initial advice was for motorists to take extra care while driving on the wet roads, we’re now being told to stay off the roads completely unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Commuters are being urged not to drive to work today if at all possible due to the danger brought by the torrential downpours and severe thunderstorms.
“We’re asking all road users to perhaps reconsider the need to be on the road through what will be a severe rain event,” said NSW Police Chief Inspector Phillip Brooks on Tuesday.
Between 70 and 100mm of rain has been forecast for Sydney, 150mm expected in Wollongong and some places could even see 200mm as an intense low pressure system moves across NSW.
It’s unclear where the weather system will be the most intense, however, two months worth of rain could fall in a matter of hours according to forecasters.
A number of rivers in Sydney, including the Hawkesbury, Nepean, Cooks and Georges have all been placed on flood watch.
⚠️ #Flood Watch issued for #HawkesburyNepean, #GeorgesRiver and #CooksRiver. Minor to moderate flooding from Wednesday. Very heavy rain forecast. See https://t.co/uJHnKkADTA for details and updates; follow advice from @NSWSES. #NSWFloods pic.twitter.com/DJ4IywQ0YK— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) November 27, 2018
Due to the danger of driving during flash flooding, people are being told to work home if they can or at the very least advise their boss that they will be arriving late.
“Drivers, riders, cyclists and pedestrians need to make sure they are safe on our roads,” said Scott Hanckel, Assistant Commissioner for NSW State Emergency Service.
“It’s a great day to work from home - if that’s suitable,” he said to AAP.
If you have to drive, the advice from Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, is to be aware of your surroundings and pay extra attention when behind the wheel.
“Drivers need to consider reducing their speed to make sure they have enough braking distance for themselves and for the vehicle in front, and to drive to the conditions,” said Assistant Commissioner Corboy.
Those who are heading to the airport today are also being warned that flights from Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Cost could see significant delays as the wild weather makes flying dangerous and difficult.
⚠ ⛈ Due to adverse weather conditions today, we expect that International and Domestic terminals will experience some flight delays and cancellations. Please contact your airline for more information.— Sydney Airport ✈️ (@SydneyAirport) November 27, 2018