Tens of thousands of residents in New South Wales (NSW), Australia have been sent emergency alerts warning them of the worsening wild weather and flooding.
The intense weather conditions have rained havoc on the Hunter, Sydney, Central Coast and Illawarra regions of NSW.
Rescue crews have been called to attend over 1,000 incidents as a result of the storm with over 200,000 homes losing power.
Today, a woman and her two children were rescued from their house as it washed down the street.
Residents have been warned of rapid rises in water levels in local creeks and urban areas that could lead to a serious threat of flash flooding.
Sadly, three people have lost their lives as a result of the horrific weather, two males and one female. As a result, experts are asking people to take the alerts seriously and to avoid all forms of travel if possible.
Currently, winds are averaging at 100 kilometres per hour.
More than 100 sets of traffic lights were blacked out and some major road networks were affected by flooding with phone lines falling down in multiple areas.
Fire and Rescue NSW said it had been called to more than 1200 storm-related jobs since 6.00am, including 12 building collapses.
There is a fear that the worst of the storm has not yet passed.