The South Coast was hit with an intense thunderstorm overnight, stunning residents with bright strikes of lightning and huge cracks of thunder.
Black clouds could be seen rolling toward Nowra about 6pm, before the downpour began around 6.30pm. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, almost 20mm of rain fell over Nowra in just 40 minutes. However, residents in Pyree said they received 38mm during the wild storm.
The storm front didn’t just bring rain, it also brought huge gusts of wind that reached more than 70km per hour. At 6.43pm, a gust of wind measuring 72km/h lashed Nowra, while a gust of the same speed hit Kiama at 7.05pm.
The thunder and lightning added to the ferocity of the storm, with the sky glowing at times due to the nearby strikes.
The SES were kept busy, with the South Coast Unit receiving 38 calls for assistance across the region. The majority of those jobs were across the Wingecarribee and Illawarra regions, relating to fallen trees and leaking roofs.
While skies were clear on Wednesday morning, the bureau doesn’t expect the sunshine to the last, with a possible thunderstorm forecast for this afternoon and evening.
The storms are the product of a trough lying over inland districts, which is excepted to decay by Thursday. While temperatures are set to fall along the coast over the coming days, they are set to hit the 30s just in time for the weekend.