Incredible time-lapse shows the moment a massive storm swept over Sydney – with tumultuous thunder, damaging winds and giant hailstones hitting the city
- Series of time-lapse videos show the moment a wild storm swept over Sydney
- Harmful winds, heavy rains and giant hailstones ravaged NSW on Thursday
- The footage captured large clouds forming over the sky as the storm rolled through
- A tumultuous thunder heard in one video and lightning seen in the other
A series of time-lapse videos showed the moment when a wild storm swept over Sydney.
The wild scenes were captured in Sydney on Thursday afternoon after tumultuous thunder, damaging winds, torrential rain and giant hailstones ravaged the city for several hours.
In the first video, powerful thunders can be heard reverberating across the area as dark gray clouds began to roll over households.
In a second video captured at Wentworth Point in Sydney, a light gray sky filled the area as the large trees that surrounded the hillside swept back and forth.
As the clouds traveled across the sky, patches of rain clouds quickly appeared.
These gloomy views were quickly followed by heavy rainfall, which filled the camera’s view, along with strong winds that shook the large trees in the background.
In another time-lapse captured in the suburb of Wentworth Point, a pale gray sky filled the area as the large and lush trees that surrounded the hillside swept back and forth.
It wasn’t long before the storm started moving through the area, when the sky suddenly darkened and large clouds formed.
Rain clouds formed towards the rear of the images and traveled at a rapid pace as the entire sky was soon filled with dark shadows.
Shadows of lightning illuminating the sky can be seen at the end of the video, when the storm broke through, effectively turning the sky pitch black.
Rain clouds formed towards the rear of the images and traveled at a rapid pace as the entire sky was soon filled with dark shadows
Shadows of lightning illuminating the sky can be seen at the end of the video as the storm broke through, effectively turning the sky pitch black
The dangerous storm brought high winds, large hailstones and significant rainfall that ravaged New South Wales.
The storms were strongest over Sydney and the Lower Hunter, but hail was reported all the way between Sydney and Cowra in the central west of the state.
Those stones were usually between three and five centimeters in size, but some were even larger.
Conditions over western Sydney were particularly severe, with meteorologists seeing all the ingredients for a “very, very dangerous supercell,” said Gabrielle Woodhouse of the Bureau of Meteorology.
Thunderstorms plaguing NSW have seen hailstones more than two inches fall (Photo: Penrith in Sydney’s west covered in hailstones)
At about 4:30 p.m., the agency warned of a possible tornado over western Sydney.
Ms Woodhouse said the storm was “really dangerous.”
About 33mm of rain fell in about 15 minutes on the Woodville Golf Course in Canterbury.
By Thursday night, the most dangerous storm had spilled over to sea, but the agency is still warning of impending storms in the Sydney area and advises residents to keep an eye on the radar on its website.