Australia storms: calmer weather forecast for NSW after week of severe storms | Australia weather

After a week of large hail, landslides, damaging winds and heavy rain, a reprieve is in sight for New South Wales.

Severe thunderstorms on Saturday lashed the entire NSW coast and as far inland as Dubbo.

Wet, windy weather is persisting on Sunday from Port Stephens on the mid-north coast to Batemans Bay on the south coast.

In Sydney, the highest falls since 9am were recorded in Little Bay in south-east Sydney and on the northern beaches.

A strong marine wind warning is also current along the coast from Coffs Harbour to the Victorian border.

Although the miserable weather has not quite finished, the State Emergency Service said Sunday was a much quieter day than Saturday, when it received just under 400 calls for help and performed four flood rescues.

“It was a very busy day … The volunteers are still out there cleaning up outstanding jobs,” duty officer Neil Wiblin said.

Most calls were from Sydney’s south which was pelted with hail, and areas on the south coast where relentless downpours caused flash-floods.

Massive rainfall totals were recorded across the state in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday. Moruya, near Batemans Bay, received 191mm.

The deluge triggered minor flooding along the nearby Deua River at Wamban, which is expected to peak at 5.2m about 2pm on Sunday. Further north, 109mm fell on Ulladulla in three hours.

On Saturday parts of Sydney’s northern beaches were left without power and there was a landslide on the Snowy Mountains highway near Brown Mountain.

But Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Shuang Wang said the state would get a three-day reprieve from Monday.

“Tomorrow’s conditions will be totally different from yesterday’s,” she said. “Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will definitely be good conditions, but from late Wednesday onwards, some weather will happen in the far south-east of NSW.”

That weather system will move across the state on Thursday and Friday bringing more showers and storms.

In Queensland authorities are mopping up after tennis ball-sized hailstones caused widespread damage on Saturday during a series of supercell thunderstorms in the state’s south-east.

Giant 14cm hail was reported in Logan, south of Brisbane, and hail up to 7cm in diameter fell at Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley to the city’s west.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service recorded more than 1,800 calls for help, most from the Ipswich area.

Energex had reported more than 42,000 electricity users were without power on Saturday but that had fallen to below 16,000 on Sunday morning.

About 4,400 Ipswich City customers remain offline, with the councils of Noosa, Sunshine Coast and Redland city the next worst affected.

Flash flooding affected some Brisbane areas at the height of the storms on Tuesday, which was the wettest October day in the city since 2010.


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