An ominous storm cloud hovers above swimmers near Mollymook Beach, south of Sydney. The storm generated heavy rain and high gusts of wind. (REUTERS/David Gray)
A powerful thunderstorm rolled into Sydney on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
The ominous clouds sparked the hashtag #SydneyStorms on Twitters.
Photographers captured stunning photos of the storm approaching the city.
The apocalyptic weather caused travel delays and flash flooding in some areas.
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Time for a swim? A storm cloud passes over bathers who prepare to leave Sydney’s Manly Beach during an afternoon storm. (REUTERS/Will Burgess)
A large storm cloud covers Sydney. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the metropolitan area with heavy rainfall due to cause flash flooding in areas of the city. (Photo by Cassie Trotter/Getty Images)
A wave-like cloud looms over Sydney’s Manly Beach during an afternoon storm front. (REUTERS/Will Burgess)
Locals (L-R) Matt Fleming, Larry McMurridge and George Stantschef watch storm clouds pass over Manly’s Fairy Bower beach on Sydney’s north shore. (Reuters)
A brief but dramatic thunderstorm battered Sydney – with 40mph winds recorded. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Storm clouds and dust can be seen in the sky above as people walk at dusk along Mollymook Beach, south of Sydney. (REUTERS/David Gray)