Blackouts and train delays after lightning strikes Sydney

Thunderstorms tore through Sydney on Tuesday morning, with lightning strikes causing power outages across the city.

There were more than 4600 lightning strikes in the greater Sydney area between 3am and 6am. Weatherzone Senior Meteorologist Jacobus Cronjesaid the Tuesday morning thunderstorms were more severe than Monday evening’s.

“It is way more [lightning strikes] than we had yesterday, it’s a similar set-up but just more intense, more moisture,” he said.

Fast moving severe storms swept over Sydney around 5am on Tuesday. Photo: Nick Moir

Lightning strikes had the biggest impact in the Bankstown area, with about 6800 homes and businesses losing power about 4.30am.

Ausgrid said parts of Yagoona, Bass Hill, Sefton, Chester Hill, Georges Hall, Bankstown, Auburn, Birrong, Condell Park, Berala and Regents Park were affected, and they were hoping to restore power by 7am.

Power outages also affected about 1000 homes and businesses in parts of Westleigh, Thornleigh and Hornsby following a lightning strike.

Lightning affected the train network across Sydney, including the T3 Bankstown Line which was disrupted by a strike early on Tuesday morning.

Just before 8am, trains between Cabramatta and Bankstown and Lidcombe and Bankstown were cancelled for urgent signal repairs, with buses replacing trains.

The signal equipment was repaired and trains resumed before 8.15am, but passengers were urged to allow extra travel time.

Lightning also damaged signal equipment at Gordon, disrupting services between Gordon and Chatswood on the T1 North Shore Line.

Trains were briefly halted, and while the service has resumed Transport NSW said passengers should still allow extra travel time.

Plenty of rain in the morning storms will also mean Tuesday’s temperatures of low 30s in the city and high 30s in the west will feel unpleasant, Mr Cronje said.

“Today will feel quite humid,” he said. “We’re not expecting the sea breeze that helped cool things down a bit yesterday.”

Thunderstorms will likely flare up again in the afternoon, and while the Senior Meteorologist said there were no severe thunderstorm warnings yet, forecasters were expecting some serious storm activity across the coast in the afternoon and early evening.

And while there will be no relief from a sea breeze, temperatures are set to drop later on Tuesday.

“We’re actually expecting a cool change in any case later this evening,”Mr Cronje said, adding daytime temperatures across Sydney are expected to drop between six and eight degrees.

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