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A severe weather warning has just come through for Sydney… and we’re hearing that the Canterbury area has copped 19mils in the space of 18 minutes.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Sydney Airport and Marrickville. They are forecast to affect Botany, Maroubra and Randwick.
There is also no Light Rail running between Dulwich Hill and Central due to flooding.
Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds are likely.
Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Penrith, Parramatta, Wollongong, Campbelltown and Port Kembla.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 1:30 pm.
If severe thunderstorms develop in Sydney Newcastle Wollongong or surrounding areas, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.