Sydneysiders are waking up to scenes of carnage after torrential rain, severe winds and flash flooding smashed the Harbour City – with a temporary reprieve soon set to give way to more downpours

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Sydneysiders are waking up to scenes of carnage after torrential rain, severe winds and flash flooding smashed the Harbour City – with a temporary reprieve soon set to give way to more downpours.

Suburbs from the Northern Beaches to the south-west have been evacuated, with more than 50,000 people still unable to go home and assess the damage waiting for them – with a further 18,000 put on alert as floodwaters continue to rise.

Bondi Beach saw the most rainfall with 136mm recorded by 6pm on Tuesday as huge gales smashed trees onto cars, cloud-i-girl.com with 95mm hitting Observation Hill.

Winds exceeding 110km/h lashed the city, ripping down powerlines and causing further destruction to the Armageddon-like scenes caused by rising floodwaters.

The flood crisis has now claimed eight lives in NSW after two bodies were found in floodwaters in western Sydney on Tuesday. 

They are believed to be those of missing mother Hemalathasolhyr Satchithanantham and her 34-year-old son Bramoothand. 

The severe weather eased slightly overnight despite consistent rain, with the majority of the deluge forecast to have passed by 9am. 

A family walk visits a petrol station inundated by the floodwater in southwestern suburb of Camden on Tuesday

A family walk visits a petrol station inundated by the floodwater in southwestern suburb of Camden on Tuesday

Multiple trees have toppled over acorss Sydney (Pictured: A massive tree fallen on a car in Bondi)

Multiple trees have toppled over acorss Sydney (Pictured: A massive tree fallen on a car in Bondi)

Sydney is set to enjoy its first sunny day in what feels like an eternity on Thursday, with clear skies and tops of 24C predicted before the rain comes rolling back in. 

Despite the slight reprieve with the low moving south, the flood risk is still high as water continues to move into swollen rivers. 

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Helen Reid urged residents in the Hunter, the south coast and along flooded rivers to be on high alert on Wednesday. 

There is also still a risk as wind gusts up to 90km/h could bring down trees and powerlines in areas where ground was already saturated.

Motorists have been advised to avoid any unnecessary travel on Wednesday, with road closures active across flood-affected areas causing major travel delays. 

Those living in McGraths Hill, Narrabeen Lagoon and Mulgrave were ordered to abandon their homes on Tuesday night, with houses near the Nepean River in Camden also told to flee.  

More flooding is predicted in Windsor, Wallacia, Wisemans Ferry, Penrith, Sackville, Singleton and North Richmond

A young girl and man are seen walking through flood waters in Manly Vale, north of Sydney, on Tuesday after the nearby dam spilled over

A young girl and man are seen walking through flood waters in Manly Vale, north of Sydney, on Tuesday after the nearby dam spilled over

The monster storm cell that decimated south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales this week is making its way past Sydney with the worst of the weather gone

The monster storm cell that decimated south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales this week is making its way past Sydney with the worst of the weather gone 

Eastern Valley Way at the corner of Smith Street in Chatswood was flooded after heavy rain that has been continuing for days

Eastern Valley Way at the corner of Smith Street in Chatswood was flooded after heavy rain that has been continuing for days

It marked the wettest start to a year on record, with 821.6mm through March 8 surpassing the 782.8mm record the city saw in 1956. 

Many schools across Sydney ordered parents to pick up their kids early on Tuesday amid fears roads students wouldn’t be able to get home due to flooded roads.

Following a day of chaos, hundreds of schools have been closed on Wednesday as NSW braces for another walloping of wild weather.

School closures range from far northern NSW right down to the state’s south coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Dean Narramore said the flood crisis in NSW was ‘dangerously and rapidly evolving’ as 50mm to 100mm of rain fell in the northern suburbs within hours.  

Two cars begin to submerge near the Manly Creek as a man paddleboards in the background

Two cars begin to submerge near the Manly Creek as a man paddleboards in the background

Two bodies, believed to be those of missing mother Hemalathasolhyr Satchithanantham (left) and her 34-year-old son Bramoothand, (right) have been found near where a car was abandoned in a stormwater canal in Sydney’s west

A car struggles to drive through floodwaters in Chatswood on Sydney's North Shore on Tuesday after more than 100mm of rainfall hit the city

A car struggles to drive through floodwaters in Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore on Tuesday after more than 100mm of rainfall hit the city

One man from the Northern Beaches posted a photo on Twitter showing large boulders that toppled over a silver Subaru.

He wrote: ‘100mm of rain today and a mini landslide on our landlord’s car.’   

Shocked Sydneysiders watched on helplessly as cars floated down flooded roads while the treacherous conditions forced a light plane to slip off the runway at Bankstown Airport.

In the Northern Beaches major roads and highways were inundated with water, including the Roseville Bridge and Pittwater Road – with locals dubbing it ‘Pittwater River’. 

A road in Lansvale is seen covered in flood water. Hundreds of schools have been closed on Wednesday as NSW braces for another walloping of wild weather

A road in Lansvale is seen covered in flood water.Hundreds of schools have been closed on Wednesday as NSW braces for another walloping of wild weather

Shocked Sydneysiders watched on helplessly as cars floated down flooded roads from the beaches to the western suburbs on Tuesday

Shocked Sydneysiders watched on helplessly as cars floated down flooded roads from the beaches to the western suburbs on Tuesday 

The streets of Manly Vale were completely submerged on Tuesday when Manly Dam spilled over (pictured: schoolgirls standing in flood water)

The streets of Manly Vale were completely submerged on Tuesday when Manly Dam spilled over (pictured: schoolgirls standing in flood water)

Trains and buses were cancelled, large parts of Narrabeeen were evacuated due to the lagoon flooding and daredevils were seen jetskiing and wakeboarding through stormwater. 

Vision from inside Sydney’s M5 motorway showed cars motoring through ankle-deep water and train lines flooded at Campbelltown. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to visit Lismore on Wednesday, where about 2,000 homes have been deemed not habitable after it was ravaged by flood waters.

He has promised more money was on the way to help communities rebuild. 

Incredible vision from inside Sydney's major M5 motorway saw cars driving through ankle-deep water, as floodwaters seeped in overnight and caused chaos for drivers (pictured)

Incredible vision from inside Sydney’s major M5 motorway saw cars driving through ankle-deep water, as floodwaters seeped in overnight and caused chaos for drivers (pictured)

Train lines at Campbelltown were flooded during the early hours of Tuesday morning with commuters told to avoid the city’s rail network completely and expect major delays

‘The government is finalising its first wave, over and above measures, particularly for the Northern Rivers area.(The) NSW government is doing the same,’ he said. 

‘We’re looking to integrate those plans as much as possible to ensure that we can rebuild northern NSW, particularly in the most acutely affected area in and around Lismore.’

Sydney will see a top of 24C on Wednesday, with rain slowly easing throughout the day into a clear night.

Winds will remain in the 30-40km/h range throughout the day, with the NSW Government asking anyone who can work from home not to travel as conditions will still be dangerous.

Tumbulgum Public School in northern NSW (pictured this week) is one of 310 schools across NSW that will remain closed on Wednesday

Tumbulgum Public School in northern NSW (pictured this week) is one of 310 schools across NSW that will remain closed on Wednesday

A tree was ripped up in Hyde Park in Sydney's CBD on Tuesday as torrential rain, flash fooding and wild winds smashed the city

A tree was ripped up in Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD on Tuesday as torrential rain, flash fooding and wild winds smashed the city

By 4pm there will be less than a 10 per cent chance of rain for the Harbour City before waking up to a glorious Thursday.

Temperatures should sit at around 23C in the city and east, and 25C in the west, with mostly sunny conditions throughout.

Gusts should ease slightly but will still be in the 20km/h range, with ocean conditions unlikely to be ideal for swimming.

Friday will see tops of 24C but the rain will start to roll back in, with a 70 per cent chance of up to 5mm across Sydney.

Those conditions will remain through the weekend, with chances of showers throughout Saturday, Sunday and into Monday while temperatures remain around 25C.

At least 80,000 residents across Sydney were ordered to evacuate or get ready to leave on Tuesday (pictured, flooded street in Camden)

At least 80,000 residents across Sydney were ordered to evacuate or get ready to leave on Tuesday (pictured, flooded street in Camden)

Eastern Valley Way at the corner of Smith Street in Chatswood was flooded after heavy rain that has been continuing for days

Eastern Valley Way at the corner of Smith Street in Chatswood was flooded after heavy rain that has been continuing for days

Heavy rain inundated the Camden Sports Club in Sydney's south-west outskirts as staff waded though floodwaters

Heavy rain inundated the Camden Sports Club in Sydney’s south-west outskirts as staff waded though floodwaters

Sunday and Monday are likely to see the biggest downpours, with a 70 per cent and 90 per cent chance of rain respectively.

Conditions will take a turn for the worst in the Northern Rivers again on Wednesday evening, with thunderstorms and high winds set to smash the already decimated region.

Thursday and Friday will see some reprieve, with showers increasing again through the weekend and into Monday when there is a 90 per cent chance of rain.

Locals are scrambling to count the loss of life and assess the damage caused by a week of torrential downpours.

Fallen trees caused carnage in Sydney's eastern suburbs on Tuesday

Wild weather battered Bondi, where these cars were hit by fallen trees

Wild winds uprooted trees on Tuesday as Bondi saw the heaviest rainfall with 136mm (pictured, fallen trees on cars in Bondi)

Thursday will see temperatures sit at around 23C in the city and east, and 25C in the west, with mostly sunny conditions throughout (pictured, Bondi sunshine before the rainbomb set in)

Thursday will see temperatures sit at around 23C in the city and east, and 25C in the west, with mostly sunny conditions throughout (pictured, Bondi sunshine before the rainbomb set in)

The forecast suggests they will need to prepare for further flooding, with hopes resting on waters receding in time.

NSW’s South Coast will receive the remnants of the monster storm that has swept from the state’s north through Sydney this week, with heavy rain and winds exceeding 40km/h on Thursday.

The Victorian-NSW border will see steady rain through the weekend, but the rest of the lower parts of NSW will have little to no precipitation. 

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