I’m unable to find the news.com.au video on Youtube and have had to swap in a different version of the torrential downpour in Sydney.
Flash flooding as Sydney faces wettest weekend since 1998
Natalie Bown, News.com.au, Feb. 9, 2020
Trees have collapsed, streets are flooding and thousands are without power as NSW cops its heaviest rain in 22 years.
Hundreds of millimetres of rain have drenched the NSW coast, sparking warnings of high winds, “life-threatening” flooding and landslips as the state faces its most torrential downpour since 1998.
Some areas across the state recorded more than 300mm of rainfall within 48 hours, with Bureau of Meteorology acting NSW state manager Jane Golding warning the situation would only intensify on Sunday.
A severe weather warning for very heavy rain, high winds, large waves and tides has been issued along the entire coast from the Northern Rivers region to the South Coast.
Gusts of wind, which some NSW residents have called “cyclonic”, have caused trees all over Sydney to come down, trapping vehicles underneath and blocking streets.
“Potentially we haven’t seen anything like this since the late 1990s,” Ms Golding said.
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Ms Golding said NSW was facing a “very dangerous system”.
“We’ve been given a bit of breathing space but it’s just starting to increase now, this is the most intense development of the system.”