Travellers stranded after severe storms sees flights cancelled, delayed

Thousands of residents across Sydney have been left without power and hundreds more stranded at the airport as a huge storm lashed the city.

Images from the city’s west show golf ball-sized hailstones pummelling cars while almost 20,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the greater Sydney area.

Dangerous thunderstorms were detected near Blacktown and Riverstone, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Thursday evening.

The storms moved east with severe thunderstorms hitting the city and eastern suburbs by nightfall.

A view of the storm cell about to wreak havoc on Sydney. Source: 7News/Paul Walker
Hail stones the size of golf balls pummelled homes in Sydney’s north-west. Source: Instagram / Danielang1 & Charmain_hetem

Scenes were just as chaotic inside Sydney Airport where cancellations and delays across the board have seen a huge backlog of flights develop.

The federal government even gave permission for some of the flights to continue to leave Sydney Airport after the 11pm curfew in a bid to alleviate some of the pressure.

Many frustrated passengers were forced to spend the night sleeping on the ground as they waited for news on when their flights would be rescheduled.

Others are being advised to check with their airlines before leaving for the airport.

Dozens of flights were cancelled, delayed and diverted from Sydney Airport. Source: Twitter/Djuro Sen

Weather chaos far from over

The downpour, which triggered flash flooding, power outages and more than 350 calls to the rescue service, isn’t slowing down either and could last until early or mid next week.

“NSW SES reports hundreds of calls for assistance while trains, roads and flights have been impacted,” BoM NSW wrote on Twitter.

Friday is forecast to bring showers and thunderstorms to the state’s east possibly extending to the northwestern slopes.

Showers are forecast on Saturday extending to northern inland areas while on Sunday showers will likely reach the far northern inland with a chance of thunderstorms in the north.

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