The Cost of the Sydney Storm

From delayed flights and flooded stations to whole houses being swept away, the wild weather across NSW over the last few days has left a fair bit of damage. Over $100 million worth in fact.

The Insurance Council of Australia declared a catastrophe for storm-affected parts of New South Wales, in particular the Central Coast, Hunter, Greater Sydney Metropolitan and Illawarra regions.

And as of this morning, insurance companies had received more than 19,500 claims, with losses estimated at a huge $129 million.

Insurance Council CEO Rob Whelan said in a press release that “most claims so far have been for low-level property damage, mainly from water and wind damage to homes and damage to cars; insurers are also receiving claims for severe damage to houses and roofs. Claims are also being received for stormwater inundation.”

“I expect these numbers will rise quickly as home owners and businesses assess the damage to their properties and lodge claims with their insurer or through their insurance broker,” he said.

So far, more than 5500 rescue calls have been made, with the latest update saying there are currently 225,000 customers without power.

In good news, the Carnival Spirit cruise ship, which was stranded outside of Sydney Harbour yesterday due to the huge swell, finally docked at Circular Quay this morning. The Bureau of Meteorology cancelled its severe weather warning for damaging winds and heavy rains for the Hunter region, in a sign that the worst is hopefully over.

Check out some of the best #Sydneystorm pics on social media.

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Crown Street, Surry Hills. Pic: Joshua Heath, Instagram. 

 

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Pic: Sophie Trigger, Instagram. 

 

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Bondi Beach skate park. Pic: The Snap Assembly, Instagram. 

 

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Bardwell Park Station. Pic: T2 Sydney Trains, Twitter. 

And the fake pic that pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes…

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Sydney Harbour Bridge. Pic: Sydney Fashion Blogger, Instagram.