Australia Sydney set for a rainy, stormy weekend
Giants outlast Suns in rainy AFLW opener
Greater Western Sydney have held on to claim a one-point win over Gold Coast in the Suns' first AFLW match.In weather more reminiscent of the middle of winter, the Giants slogged out a 1.3 (9) to 1.2 (8) victory on Saturday afternoon at Blacktown International Sportspark.
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More rain is expected to hit Sydney and parts of the east coast from Saturday afternoon as ex-tropical cyclone Uesi moves south through the Tasman Sea.
Rain and thunderstorm activity is expected through the bushfire-ravaged South Coast, the Southern Tablelands and western Sydney.
Flood warnings also remain in place after the weekend's wet weather deluge, particularly through the NSW Mid North Coast.
The two sides of the rain bomb: Farming families rejoice as rain finally falls on their drought-hit properties - while torrential downpours threaten to flood Sydney
Farmers in drought-ridden areas of New South Wales took a moment off work to enjoy the rain with their families. But as the rain bomb continues to blanket the state for at least 72 hours, not all Australians are happy, with some at risk of fatal flash floods and landslides.The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) had 1,170 calls for help on Friday and Saturday alone, with more than 700 staff deployed.
Flash flooding may also occur in the Tweed, Richmond, Wilson, Clarence, Bellinger, Macleay, Upper Nepean, Wyong, Tuggerah, Orara, Gwydir, Castlereagh, Paroo, Nambucca and Weir rivers.
Ausgrid repair crews will continue working across the weekend to restore power to around 9700 customers still affected by last weekend's storm damage.
More than 130,000 homes and business have been reconnected, with all works expected to be completed by Sunday.
A hazardous surf warning is in place for the Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans Bay and Eden on Saturday.
Surf Life Saving NSW warned rock fishers, boaters, surfers and swimmers to stay away from the water.
"If people don't heed emergency service warnings and put themselves in danger in these extreme conditions, it's possible that lifesavers will not be able to save them," lifesaving director Joel Wiseman said in a statement on Friday.
Some beaches may be closed on the weekend due to the large swell, poor water quality and large amounts of debris in the water caused by wind gust from ex-cyclone Uesi.
Tropical Cyclone Uesi to bring more severe weather to NSW east coast .
The category-three cyclone, which is currently north of New Caledonia, is tracking south-west towards the Tasman Sea and could cause increased surf, wind and rainfall as early as Thursday. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
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