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Damaging Winds And Hail Thrash Sydney During Severe Storms

Large swathes of the state are in the firing line.

18/02/2017 12:46 PM AEDT | Updated 18/02/2017 8:38 PM AEDT
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Giant hail the size of tennis balls have thrashed Sydney and parts of Wollongong as severe thunder storms sweep through NSW for a second day.

Warnings are in place across the state, including greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Wollongong, and the greater Newcastle region. The State Emergencies Service is responding to calls for help throughout these regions.

Three women in their 60's have been hit by lightning in Bowral and have been taken to hospital for treatment, according to the ABC.

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Many parts of NSW including Sydney are likely to be hit by severe storms on Saturday as thousands of residents wait for power to be restored following recent extreme weather.

Electrical storms that swept through Sydney dumped hail and massive amounts of rain across the city on Friday afternoon. They even reportedly landed a man in hospital after he was struck by lightning at Rouse Hill, in the city's northwest.

About 10,000 homes were said to still be without power on Saturday morning as authorities rushed to carry out emergency repairs in impacted parts of the city.

Emergency services could soon have more work cut out for them, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of more wild weather headed for NSW.

The weather bureau forecasts the severe storms to hit the metro Sydney, the Illawarra, Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands regions.

"Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Campbelltown, Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, Oberon, Crookwell and Taralga," BoM said on its website.

On Friday, social media users captured amazing images of the severe weather front as it lashed parts of Sydney with wild rain and lightning strikes.

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