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'Giant hail stones' hammer Sydney, commuters urged to stay inside as storm hits city

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Commuters are being warned they face a potentially dangerous commute home.

Sydney is on the receiving end of another drenching – this time with “giant” hail stones, wild winds and downpours.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Sydney and surrounding areas, including the Hunter, South Coast and Illawarra.

Torrential rains have soaked most of Sydney, complete with thunderstorms.

"Giant hail" has hammered Sydney.
Nick Baker

Sydney commuters are being urged to stay safe as wild weather hits the city.
Sydney commuters are being urged to stay safe as wild weather hits the city.
Maani Truu

But, more dangerously the BoM said Sydney is being hammered by “large, possibly giant hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging, locally destructive winds”.

Hail on King St, Newtown.
Hail on King St, Newtown.
Paulina Vidal

“Tennis ball sized hail reported in western Sydney,” the warning said.

There are reports of shattered windscreens and damaged cars in parts of northern Sydney.

Pictures posted to social media show large hail stones dropping across the CBD, Inner West and Western suburbs about 4pm, with large stones hitting Bankstown, Petersham, Summer Hill and Berowra,

Residents in Berowra on Sydney's upper north shore reported 8 cm hail stones at around 5pm.

Summer Hill was hit with 4cm hail stones about 4.30pm, and 2cm ball peppered Petersham about 4.35pm. 

Wild weather moves in over Sydney.
Wild weather moves in over Sydney.
BoM

Workers are warned to prepare for a wet and potentially dangerous commute home, with the storm hanging over the CBD and inner suburbs.

The State Emergency Service has urged people to stay inside and avoid the hail. The NSW branch has already logged about 200 calls for assistance and that number is predicted to keep growing as wild weather brings down trees and powerlines.

It's understood the heavy rain and hail is also causing delays at Sydney Airport and trains are experiencing some delays.

Tonight's wild weather comes just a day after a previous storm left thousands without power.

Parts of Sydney's north west only had power restored on Thursday morning.

The area affected by the weather warning.
The area affected by the weather warning.
Bureau of Meteorology

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