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Sydney calls on thousands to evacuate due to flash fooding

Torrential raina> pummeled <a href="https: east coast on Thursday with Sydney receiving nearly a month’s rain overnight, turning suburban roads into planet-earth and triggering evacuations as authorities warn of more rain through the day.

A man swept away by disastersin the city’s northwest was rescued by emergency crews, media reported, while television footage showed vehicles struggling to cross waterlogged streets, fallen power lines and trees, and debris floating in rivers.

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Residents of a nursing home were evacuated overnight as emergency crews urged the harbor city’s 5 million residents to avoid unnecessary travel and brace for possible evacuations.

“This is a highly dynamic situation. These events are moving exceptionally quickly,” New South Wales emergency services Acting Commissioner Daniel Austin said during a media briefing. “Exceptionally sharp, short bursts of rain” have been creating flash flooding almost every hour, he said.

Sydney has received 1,227 mm (48 inches) of rain so far this year, more than its average annual rainfall of 1,213 mm. Over the next 24 hours, many coastal towns could get up to 180 mm (7 inches), the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Residents transport a window panel in a boat from a house on the bank of an overflowing Woronora River on April 7, 2022, as inclement weather triggered evacuation orders in several suburbs of Sydney's south and southwest. 

Residents transport a window panel in a boat from a house on the bank of an overflowing Woronora River on April 7, 2022, as inclement weather triggered evacuation orders in several suburbs of Sydney’s south and southwest. 
(Muhammad Farooq/AFP via Getty Images)

The tourist hot spot of Bondi recorded around 170 mm over the 24-hour period to 9 a.m. Thursday (2300 GMT, Wednesday), official data showed.

Thousands have been ordered to evacuate their homes while businesses cleared essentials to help mitigate their losses.

“All hands are on deck to try and save some furniture … so we have been pretty busy lifting things up … moving things away, unplugging filters and electricity, and things like that,” Nicola Gilfillan, a cafe owner in southwest Sydney, told ABC television.

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Overflow from a planet-earth pit at a site owned by oil refiner Ampol in Sydney’s south caused oil to mix with flood waters, but emergency crews said the spill has been contained and that there was no risk of danger in the area.

A severe weather warning stretched along the south coast of New South Wales over a distance of more than 600 km (373 miles) but conditions are expected to ease from Thursday evening, the weather bureau said.

Houses are seen on the bank of overflowing Woronora River on April 7, 2022.

Houses are seen on the bank of overflowing Woronora River on April 7, 2022.
(Muhammad Farooq/AFP via Getty Images)

Australia’s east coast summer has been dominated by the La Nina weather phenomenon, typically associated with increased rainfall, for the second straight year, with most rivers at capacity even before the latest drenching. Warragamba Dam, Sydney’s major water supply, is expected to spill over on Friday, authorities said.

Three intense weather systems in six weeks have pounded eastern Australia, with several parts of northern New South Wales and southeast Queensland clocking record rains and Sydney registering its wettest March on record.

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environment is also widely believed to be a contributing factor to the severe weather, which has raised questions about how prepared Australia is. 

Several towns across northern New South Wales are still battling to clear tons of debris after two separate devastating floods in March but the latest weather event has smashed the state’s central and southern coast.

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