Strong storm batters N.S.W. Australia

Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, 14 Oct 2014 (Twitter)

Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, 14 Oct 2014 (Twitter)

A slow-moving storm system dumped more than 100 mm of rain on Sydney in just a matter of hours causing flash flooding along with rare spring snow in the nearby Blue Mountains.

Up to 20 cm of snow fell in many locations on higher elevations west of Sydney.

Powerful winds gusting up to 105 km/h at Sydney Airport and as high as 161 km/h along the beaches knocked out power to tens of thousands.

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