Lower north shore residents are cleaning up after a catastrophic storm targeted the local area on Tuesday afternoon, swallowing beaches, roads, bridges and houses.
The northern beaches were the hardest hit, with floodwaters quickly rising in Freshwater, Manly, Brookvale, Dee Why and surrounding suburbs.
Sydney’s northern beaches were hardest hit by Tuesday’s freak weather event.
Mosman was pummelled with more than 120 mm of rain in the six hours to 12:30pm on Tuesday, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.
Balmoral Beach and Clifton Gardens suffered the most damage, with large sections of beach and parkland washed away in the severe weather.
Most notably, Roseville Bridge was closed in both directions, with photos captured at the scene showing cars trapped in rising water just before lunch time.
The Roseville Bridge was inundated with flood water.
Over at Mackeller Girls High in Manly Vale, students watched from a classroom as cars floated away in the street.
Weatherzone’s Ben Domensino said the wet weather this week is unprecedented.
“Sydney’s year-to-date rainfall is an extreme outlier compared to historical observations,” he said.
Mosman Public School copped a drenching.
Mosman SES volunteers responded to 50 requests for help, with crews making temporary repairs to storm damaged homes and businesses.
“It’s been a very wild day for many of us across the Sydney basin with heavy rain continuing to fall,” a spokesperson said on Tuesday.
“The ground is significantly wet so if we receive any winds, we could start to see some more trees falling over.”