Travel Alert – Australia Coast…

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Severe Weather Lashes Sydney, Coastal Areas of New South Wales, Travel Disruptions and Power Outages Reported

Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people traveling and living in the country of Australia.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Category: Natural Disasters

Severity: 3 (Moderate)

Source: Drum Cussac

04/21/2015 (Australia) – A severe weather warning remains in place on Tuesday, 21 April, for damaging and destructive winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf for parts of New South Wales as an intense low pressure system continued to lash the state. Specific areas affected include Sydney Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra districts. The inclement weather has caused disruptions to train services in affected areas, with partial line closures and limited services being reported.

Separately, flight services out of Sydney’s domestic airport have been delayed due to weather conditions. Authorities at Newcastle Airport (NTL) indicated that while the facility remained open, several cancellations had been reported, while the low-cost airline, Jetstar, had suspended all flights through at least 1310hrs (0310 UTC) on Tuesday. The inclement weather has also prompted the NSW Port Authority to close the Sydney Harbour on Tuesday after assessing conditions to be too dangerous for the continuation of commercial activities, leading to the stranding of a cruise ship.

Strong winds have also reportedly caused widespread power outages in affected areas, including Sydney, as the storm downed power lines. As of Tuesday, more than 25,000 households were affected, including 90,000 customers in Newcastle, the Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens; 75,000 in the Central Coast; and 50,000 in Sydney. The state-owned utilities company, Ausgrid, reportedly warned its customers that it could take “several days” before repair works could be carried out and power restored due to the inclement weather.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warned residents in Hunter of potential winds of 100kph (63mph), with peak gusts up to 135kph (84mph), through Tuesday. Coastal communities in Metropolitan and Illawarra districts have been warned of winds of 70kph (43mph), with gusts of up to 100kph (63mph). Heavy rainfall is also forecast for all three areas, resulting in associated flood warnings being issued for several rivers. BoM has also maintained a marine wind warning for New South Wales’ Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast and Illawarra Coast, with an associated gale warning in place for Sydney Closed Waters, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.

Clients in the aforementioned areas should stay abreast of the latest weather-related developments, review contingency measures against potential storm-related disruptions and heed further instructions from authorities. The main threats from the low pressure system are floods, structural damage, as well as travel and service delivery disruptions. As such, In general, crossing rivers and tributaries should be avoided during or following heavy downpours due to the threat of flash floods and strong currents.

Copyright © 2015 Drum Cussac

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