Woolworths staff reveal chaotic storm scenes on TikTok
A Woolworths supermarket was left drenched and full of puddles after rain leaked through the ceiling, as wild and wet weather continues to lash Australia's eastern states.
NSW was in for another day of heavy rain and thunderstorms Friday ahead of conditions predicted to ease over the weekend, as some parts of the state receive more than a month's worth of rain in a matter of days.
One Sydney Woolworths store this week struggled to cope with the deluge, with staff seen desperately trying to mop up the mess as water streamed in through the roof.
It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology warned sheep graziers the weather may be so bad that their stock might not survive the day.
On TikTok, a Woolworths employee shared a video of her store flooding. Puddles are seen throughout the store and signage was put up to alert customers to the hazard.
"Due to heavy rain our Thornleigh Woolworths store closed temporarily on Wednesday. Our store team, along with centre management, reacted quickly to minimise the impact to customers," a Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News.
"We will continue to monitor the weather conditions across the country over the coming days."
The Woolworths store is currently open and trading.
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NSW braced for another day of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Sydney is expected to see between 8 to 15mm of rain on Friday, with a chance of thunderstorms and a top of 24 degrees.
While a severe thunderstorm warning was in place for Canberra, Cooma, Yass, Wagga Wagga, Young and Tumbarumba on Friday morning, with damaging winds and heavy rainfall likely.
Colder temperatures, showers, and gusty west to northwesterly winds are expected around to continue into the weekend.
On Thursday Dubbo was hit with 43mm, with most of it falling in just 30 minutes. Up to 9am on Friday, Orange received 77mm and Newcastle 71mm.
In Narrabri 76mm of rain fell between Wednesday night and Thursday morning – more rainfall than what is usually seen throughout the month of November.
The downpour trapped an empty school bus and three 4WDs between two fast-rising creeks near Narrabri on Wednesday afternoon.
In Bingara, meanwhile, the SES ferried stranded holidaymakers out of a flooded caravan park.
There are several active warnings from the BoM, including flood warnings for the Severn River, Gwydir River, Namoi River, Macquarie and Bell Rivers, Lachlan River, Paroo River (NSW), Belubula River, Macquarie River, Macintyre River, Dumaresq River and the Weir River.
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