Thursday, July 21, 2011

Car flips as more than 100 cars crash in Sydney's torrential rain - 21st July 2011

AT least 80 cars have crashed in Sydney's torrential rain, with the city bracing for the wettest July in more than 50 years, as a severe weather warning is issued for coastal areas.

Torrential rainfall is creating traffic chaos as flooded roads are closed across the state.

In the 48 hours to 5pm, paramedics attended to 128 car crashs across NSW - including 80 in Sydney's metropopolitan area.

The car flipped on to its roof after two cars collided in atrociously wet conditions on Chalmers St, Surry Hills, just before 5pm, causing one to flip.

A NSW Police spokeswoman said the drivers were treated by paramedics and did not need hospital treatment.

Observatory Hill in Sydney's city centre has recorded 171 millimetres in the month so far, already giving coastal areas of the NSW capital the wettest July since 1999.

If just another 10 millimetres falls, Sydneysiders would have experienced the wettest July since 1959, when 196 millimetres of rainfall was recorded.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Jake Phillips said eastern Sydney was likely to post its wettest July in 52 years, with 15 to 30 millimetres of coastal rain expected tomorrow.

"We'd have to say it's quite likely," he said.

"It will make it the wettest one for 52 years."

Mr Phillips said a low pressure system over the Tasman Sea and high pressure over Tasmania was creating strong winds and generating showers along the NSW coast.

A severe weather warning is in place for coastal areas of Sydney, along with the Illawarra, Hunter, Central Coast and Mid-North Coast. Read More