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Thousands remain without power after ferocious storm lashes Sydney

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Thousands of homes around Sydney remain without power this morning after a ferocious storm struck the city last night.

Thousands of homes around Sydney remain without power this morning after a ferocious storm struck the city last night.

Crews are working to restore power to about 5000 properties today.

The bulk of affected homes are in the Hawkesbury region, however, there are also some outages in the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney.

A spokesman for Endeavour Energy said at the peak of the storm 21,500 customers were without power as the storm brought power lines down and sent trees crashing.

"Fresh crews from across Endeavour Energy's network will focus their efforts today on safely restoring power to the remaining customers as quickly as possible," a statement said.

"The damaging winds and lightning caused more than 300 electrical hazards across a broad area."

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Many of the customers who lost power last night also lost power in the high winds of Sunday's heatwave.

The affected suburbs in Hawkesbury are Londonderry Wilberforce, Ebenezer, Agnes Banks, Maroota, South Maroota, Yarramundi, Lower MacDonald, St Albans, Freemans Reach, Wisemans Ferry, Castlereagh, Grose Wold, Canoelands and Oakville.

The suburbs in the Blue Mountains with outages are Little Hartley, Winmalee, Mount Tomah and Glenbrook.

Endeavour Energy said power should be restored by this afternoon.

Last night's brief but fierce storm was marked by 25,000 lightning strikes across Sydney and neighbouring region. Gusts of 106 km/h were recorded in Richmond, and 102km/h at Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands.

Ashfield

It also damaged a historic mansion at Ashfield in Sydney's inner west when lightning struck its bell tower.

It's believed the copper roof of the building, which appears to be a 10-bedroom mansion built in 1888, attracted the strike, igniting the surrounding timber.

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Firefighters dealt with the blaze within half an hour, and were able to save the building.

Ashfield

The home was the Amesbury mansion, described as the area's "most significant historical home". Australian engineer Norman Selfe had the belfry-style tower custom-designed, with views to Sydney Harbour, for his astrology hobby.

The storms came after a sweltering day across the state.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/sydney-storms-bell-tower-fire-power-outages-train-delays-nsw-weather-news/ec30d1d3-8299-4f4b-a429-32b12a628b4e

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