Thousands still without power with more rain on the way

Rain and thunderstorms will hit Sydney and the NSW east coast this weekend, as ex-tropical cyclone Uesi continues to moves south. Courtesy: AAP

Almost 10,000 Sydney residents are still without power a week after storms hit the NSW coast, with more rain forecast for this afternoon.

Roughly 9,700 people remain off the grid, with electricity provider Ausgrid scrambling to remedy the situation ahead of more wet weather this weekend.

Ausgrid technicians will be joined by 100 additional staff from energy providers in other states including Queensland and Tasmania to assist those still off the grid.

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers are still trying to clear fallen trees, debris and power lines to assist in the recovery effort.

More rain is expected to hit Sydney and parts of the east coast from this afternoon as ex-tropical cyclone Uesi moves south through the Tasman Sea.

Rain and thunderstorm activity is expected through the bushfire-ravaged South Coast, the Southern Tablelands and western Sydney.

Flood warnings also remain in place after the weekend’s wet weather deluge, particularly through the NSW Mid North Coast.

Flash flooding may also occur in the Tweed, Richmond, Wilson, Clarence, Bellinger, Macleay, Upper Nepean, Wyong, Tuggerah, Orara, Gwydir, Castlereagh, Paroo, Nambucca and Weir rivers.

Ausgrid repair crews will continue working across the weekend to restore power to around 9700 customers still affected by last weekend’s storm damage.

More than 130,000 homes and business have been reconnected, with all works expected to be completed today.

A hazardous surf warning is in place for the Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans Bay and Eden today.

Surf Life Saving NSW warned rock fishers, boaters, surfers and swimmers to stay away from the water.

“If people don’t heed emergency service warnings and put themselves in danger in these extreme conditions, it’s possible that lifesavers will not be able to save them,” lifesaving director Joel Wiseman said in a statement yesterday.

Some beaches may be closed on the weekend due to the large swell, poor water quality and large amounts of debris in the water caused by wind gust from ex-cyclone Uesi.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/wild-weather/sydney-news-stormy-weekend-as-uesi-moves-south/9563b8cd-a7a5-4f30-a044-9645a79dd9d7