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20,000 homes still without power as storms savage Sydney

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Energy companies are still restoring power to thousands of homes in Sydney’s north-west, which have been in the dark for more than 24 hours.

Sydney and the Central Coast have been lashed by heavy rain, damaging winds, and even hail after cells swept across the region, bringing down trees and power lines.

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SES crews are continuing to work through the backlog of calls made during the four days of storms, but it could be days before electricity is restored to all properties.

NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Scott Hanckel tells John Stanely there are still 20,000 homes without power.

He says they’ve received “close to 8000 calls” since the wild weather began.

“We’re still working through those. This morning I think we had about 1600 jobs still outstanding for us to attend to and we’ve got close to 500 volunteers in the field today.”

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Ray Hadley lives in Sydney’s north-west and has described it as “cyclonic conditions”.

“Just trees everywhere, over power lines, over houses.

“And I’m not talking about small saplings, I’m talking about massive gum trees,” he tells Chris Smith.

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