Sydney Fires: Incredible images showing the scale of the bushfires surrounding the Sydney basin have imemerged.
Satellitel images from the European Union Copernicus Earth Observation Program show the huge walls of flames threatening surrounding towns and suburbs of Sydney.
Images from the satellite 🛰 show the extraordinary scale of the Sydney bushfire emergency right now.
The EU Space Agency routinely moves the satellite to areas of natural disasters around the world, to help local authorities understand and plan. The satellite has been positioned over SE Austraia to capture these images below.
On the ground, we can see the flames rapidly moving toward towns and cities.
Here’s a photo from Lithgow
Bushfire threat map: NSWRFS provides a threat map for people in the greater Sydney region and areas in the North, west and south of Sydney.
Severe Warning- Sydney weather
A cool and blustery change could see fires jump containment lines this afternoon.
A Southerly Buster is expected to affect central parts of the New South Wales coast later this afternoon and early evening, bringing a period of strong to gale force winds to the coastal fringe.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts up to 90 km/h are possible along the Illawarra coastal fringe, Sydney Metropolitan coastal fringe and the Central Coast during the late afternoon and early evening.
Winds are expected to gradually ease later in the evening.
Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Wollongong, The Entrance, Woy Woy, Bulli and Port Kembla.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEDT Saturday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
The Sydney News Authors