Parts of New South Wales in southeast Australia have had severe flooding and wind damage over the past few days due to an intense low-pressure system. Parts of the region have already seen more than 300mm (around a foot) of rainfall. Areas around Sydney have been affected, with flooding claiming three lives and causing evacuations of properties, as well as disrupting power and transport. Officials warned that hundreds of homes in the city are under threat from rising river levels, and it has been reported that the State Emergency Service (SES) have received nearly 10,000 calls for help and carried out more than 100 rescues.
Sydney Harbour © Jason James
The storm is now weakening and has moved away southeastwards into the Tasman Sea, so conditions have improved.
For more information on current warnings and forecasts across New South Wales, visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website.
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