Severe storms hit New South Wales, Australia

Severe storms have hit New South Wales, Australia, described as the worst in a decade. At least 200,000 homes are without power, and there is extensive damage and flooding. The storm is expected to worsen in the Metropolitan, Hunter, Central Coast and Illawarra districts, including the Sydney area. Beach conditions are particularly dangerous. Travellers should be aware that authorities are advising the public to stay indoors. For emergency help in floods and storms, the local SES Unit can be reached on 132 500.