Floodwaters begin to recede on Sydney streets leaving trail of destruction

Floodwaters have begun to recede on Sydney streets but a trail of destruction has been left behind.

Suburbs across the Inner West saw extensive flash flooding today with reports of some areas experiencing over a metre of water.

Cars have been abandoned after becoming trapped in floodwaters from Sydney to the Central Coast, leaving authorities with a mammoth clean up.

Streets across Sydney have been inundated by floodwaters as many of the city's suburbs recorded their wettest day in almost a year.
Some cars have been abandoned due to the floodwaters. (9News)
Man tries to remove water from flooded car in Marrickville.
A man can be seen trying to get water out of his car. (9News)

In Marrickville, a man was seen trying to remove water from his car with a plastic container, just one of many beginning the clean up.

Many NSW residents will not be surprised after today’s deluge marked the wettest day in almost a year for many of the city’s suburbs.

Weatherzone said there has been more than 110mm of rain at Marrickville since 9am, including 98mm in just two hours this afternoon.

In Sydney’s west, more than 87mm of rain fell at Toongabbie.

Weatherzone added that today marked the wettest day in 11 months in suburbs including Toongabbie, Baulkham Hills, Prospect, Greystanes, Castle Hill, Bankstown, Canterbury, Sydney Airport, Homebush and Terry HIlls.

Cars and their occupants had to be rescued in Chiswick and Marrickville after floodwaters made it impossible to drive through.

Flooding hits Wolli Creek in Sydney
Cars drove through floodwaters in Wolli Creek. (9News)

Wolli Creek has been hit particularly hard by the flash flooding as water can be seen reaching the top of car tyres.

Despite the warning from authorities, motorists are continuing to drive through floodwaters.

Commuters hoping to escape the deluge got wet anyway as a bus was flooded in Wolli Creek.

The floor of a bus travelling through Wolli Creek was flooded.
The floor of a bus travelling through Wolli Creek was flooded. (9News)

Other city suburbs including Tempe and Sydenham have also been inundated by flash flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a road weather alert for all Sydney suburbs.

The BoM has also cancelled the severe weather warning for the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablelands and Lower Western districts.

Meanwhile, some Chiswick residents have made the most of the floodwaters, using boogie boards to play in a small puddle.

Two men play on boogie boards on a flooded Chiswick oval.
Two men play on boogie boards on a flooded Chiswick oval. (9News)

NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Assistant Commissioner Dean Storey said there have been more than 460 requests for help across Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter region.

There have also been 20 flood rescues.

Mr Storey added the majority of the rescues have been due to people attempting to drive through floodwaters.

“Operational activity is probably highest in western Sydney at this point in time, the majority of flood rescues we’re seeing if people driving through flood waters,” he said.

“Sydney overall has been heavily impacted by the rainfall today, the city’s Inner West, and western Sydney are very, very wet, many roads will be flooded as people finish work for the day.”

Mr Storey urged residents to avoid unnecessary driving and not to drive through flooded roads.

“If it’s flooded, forget it, turn around and find another way,” he said.

He also warned the heavy rainfall is expected to continue through the evening.

Roads have flooded in Marrickville.
Roads have flooded in Marrickville. (9News)

Central Coast highway closed due to flooding

A major NSW motorway has been completely flooded after storms and heavy rain lashed the area overnight.

The Central Coast Highway is closed in both directions at West Gosford, prompting warnings for people to avoid the area, especially with more wild weather on the way.

Severe thunderstorms are forecast again today, and the BoM has issued a warning for a large area stretching from Newcastle to Wollongong.

Central Coast NSW Sydney storms flooding
The Central Coast Highway in Gosford is closed after flash flooding. (NBN News)
Central Coast NSW Sydney storms flooding
Motorists are being told to avoid the area, especially with more wild weather on the way. (Central Coast Incident Alerts/Todd Wollins)
Central Coast NSW Sydney storms flooding
The CEO of Gosford Race Club Daniel Lacey shared these photos of the flooded track. (Twitter/Daniel Lacey)

People in the Sydney, Hunter, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Lower Western and Upper Western Forecast Districts, have been told to brace for rainfall and damaging winds.

It comes after Sydney was hit by a violent storm cell yesterday, which brought flash flooding, lightning strikes and hail to the western suburbs.

A home was set alight in Glenmore Park after it was struck by a bolt of lightning.

Motorists are urged to avoid driving through flooded roads.

Two men play on boogie boards on a flooded Chiswick oval.

People play in floodwaters as Sydney smashed by wild storms

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