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Sydney Airport chaos with forecasters warning more storms for New South Wales

Hail wraps this suburban backyard in a blanket of white. Photo: Lexi McLeod/Twitter
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Sydney Airport is in chaos, with passengers experiencing a flow-on effect of delays and cancellations as weather forecasters warn of more storms Friday afternoon and into the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology warn of more severe storms for parts of New South Wales as passengers at Sydney airport line-up in long cues in the aftermath of wild weather on Thursday night.

BoM forecaster Jordan Notara told The New Daily heavy rainfall could again hit Sydney, but the probability was lower than warnings for the direct coastal fringe of the city than northeast parts of the state.

“It’s a low probability, but a high impact if it were to occur and it could bring heavy rainfall like what we saw last night [Thursday],” Mr Notara said.

Queues of passengers snaked through Sydney Airport on Friday morning, while airlines warned of domino-effect delays.

At least 10 domestic arrival flights and 10 departures have been cancelled on Friday as well as two cancellations at the international terminal.

It follows more than 40 flight cancellations on Thursday.

A massive clean-up of branches and debris has been underway in Sydney after severe thunderstorms swept across the city Thursday night, bringing strong winds, giant hail and heavy rainfall.

Volunteers have begun removing branches and clearing storm debris as emergency crews work to restore power to about 8650 homes and businesses across the Illawarra region, Southerland Highlands and Macarthur district.

Very dangerous thunderstorms were detected near Blacktown and Riverstone, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Thursday evening, encouraging people to “bring umbrellas” as the rain is expected to continue for the rest of the week and well into mid next week.

The storms moved east with severe thunderstorms hitting the city and eastern suburbs by nightfall.

More heavy rain is forecast for NSW and Queensland on Friday.

The NSW State Emergency Service responded to more than 620 calls for help overnight across the greater Sydney region and the south coast, with as many as 25,000 homes without power during the thunderstorms.

Images from the city’s west showed golf ball-sized hailstones pummelling cars while almost 20,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the greater Sydney area.

The downpour triggered flash flooding, power outages and more than 350 calls to the rescue service.

Roads, trains and even flights were delayed and diverted away from Sydney’s airports.

Passengers experienced up to 90 minute delays at Sydney airport, with 20 flights being cancelled due to wet weather.

Sydney Trains said in a statement it had “deployed additional staff at a number of locations to respond to any weather incidents that might impact the network”.

“In the event of extreme weather conditions, Sydney Trains encourages all our customers to take extra care when moving around stations, and to not hesitate in immediately alerting our staff to any issues caused by the weather.”

SES Metro Zone Commander Laura Whythe urged residents to be cautious on wet roads as the intense storms may make roads and waterways dangerous.

“We’re reminding people to put their own safety first and never drive, walk, ride or play in floodwaters. Get ready now for upcoming wet conditions by planning your route and take extra care when driving or moving about,” she said on Thursday.

Showers are forecast on Saturday extending to northern inland areas while on Sunday showers will likely reach the far northern inland with a chance of thunderstorms in the north.

-With AAP

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