Historic church in Sydney catches FIRE as wild thunderstorm with giant hail stones sweeps through city – leaving thousands without power
- A church caught fire in Sydney’s inner-west after mass storms tore through city
- Fast-moving storms battered the coast on Tuesday evening with wind and hail
- Thousands of people across Sydney and New South Wales were without power
A historic church has caught fire and 21,000 people were left without power after a wild storm battered Sydney with damaging winds and hail.
Fast-moving storms tore through Greater Sydney and the Illawarra on Tuesday evening, after residents were told to stay inside to avoid the brunt of the impact.
A disused church on Charlotte Street in Ashfield, in the city’s inner-west was filmed on fire as a result of the wild weather.
Fast-moving storms tore through Sydney and the Illawarra on Tuesday evening, after residents were told to stay inside to avoid the brunt of the impact
‘Firefighters from across Sydney’s Inner West are in attendance at this fire in Ashfield,’ Fire and Rescue NSW posted on Twitter.
A spokesman for Fire and Rescue told Daily Mail Australia the fire had been distinguished by 9pm.
There were no injuries and there was no one inside the property at the time.
Residents in the inner-city suburbs of Darlington were without power for about an hour on Tuesday evening.
The Inner-west suburbs of Camperdown and Enmore were also without power for some time.
The Sutherland Shire, upper north shore and the Hawkesbury areas were also affected by the wind and rain.
A disused church on Charlotte Street in Ashfield, in the city’s inner-west was filmed on fire as a result of the wild weather
‘Crews are responding to power outages affecting 21,000 customers due the storm passing through the Endeavour Energy network area,’ Endeavour Energy wrote on Twitter
‘The hardest hit area is the Hawkesbury region. Pls stay at least 8 metres from fallen power lines and report them immediately by calling 131 003.’
Once the storms passed through the Illawarra and Sydney they moved further north to the Central Coast and Newcastle.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned severe thunderstorms were headed to the coast earlier on Tuesday.
Storms were first detected on the weather radar near Sutherland and Penrith at 5.20pm.
Residents in the inner-city suburbs of Darlington were without power for about an hour on Tuesday evening
‘These thunderstorms are moving towards the east,’ BOM said.
‘They are forecast to affect Hornsby, Parramatta and Richmond by 7:05pm and Sydney City, Sydney Olympic Park, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mona Vale and waters off Bondi Beach by 7:35pm.
‘Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.’
Bowral reported large hailstones and gusts of wind up to 102km/h.
Sydney’s train network was thrown into chaos with much of the T1 line experiencing mass delays as a result of the weather.