/ 20 February 2024

Thunderbolts and lightning


Four people are lucky to be alive after being knocked unconscious by lightning near the Sydney Opera House as a huge storm swept through the city yesterday. The group was taking shelter under a tree in the Botanic Gardens when they were hit just before 1pm with paramedics treating them for burns and cardiac issues – all are now in stable condition. Intense storms and heavy rain smacked big parts of NSW – with up to 20,000 homes losing power in northern Sydney and the Hunter region – and there was flash flooding in the Gosford/Wyong area. And it isn’t just NSW… West Australians are prepping for the fallout of Ex-Cyclone Lincoln as it drifts toward the northwest coast, and heavy rain has already been hammering the Northern Territory, with Tennant Creek copping more than 138mm over 24 hours. With more wild weather predicted, maybe we’ll WFH today…

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