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Sydney Residents Told To Be On Alert As Next 48 Hours Will Be 'Tough'

Floodwaters expected to engulf businesses and homes as catastrophic weather on the way.

Sydney residents are being warned that the next 24-48 hours could be catastrophic for millions of people, as unprecedented rainfall is due to hit.

At least 150mm of rain is forecast to fall across some areas of Greater Sydney. Residents in the city’s south and south-east have already been ordered to evacuate.

Dean Narramore, a forecaster from the Bureau of Meteorology, said “We could see winds gusting in excess of 90km/h and that’s enough to bring down trees and power lines and with soils already saturated, trees are likely to come down, particularly in hilly areas.

“A tough 48 hours ahead. Even if the rain does stop on Wednesday and Thursday, which it will, there’s still a lot of water in these rivers.”

Transport for NSW this morning told travellers to expect delays and reconsider travel. “Avoid any non-essential travel and if you do need to use the network, please plan ahead and leave plenty of extra travel time,” Sydney Trains announced earlier this morning.

“Impacts will continue through the rest of this week as we undertake detailed inspections to ensure the rail network remains safe for trains and customers.”

View the current warnings for NSW here: