Quite a contrast to last night at The Bates Motel

West Wollongong has so far avoided the worst of this.

Severe thunderstorms across Sydney are disrupting all flights in and out of the city’s airport and causing traffic chaos.

Airport officials says services will return to normal when the storm moves on.

The storms are also causing major traffic problems across Sydney, with 150 sets of traffic lights blacked out.

Fallen branches are a problem in the south and west, with blocked roads causing disruptions at Dundas Valley, Bringelly, Narellan and Leppington.

A spokesman for electricity supplier Ausgrid has urged people to stay away from fallen powerlines.

The spokesman says fallen lines are often still live and people should not touch or go near them.

The weather bureau has issued a severe thunderstorm warning with hail and damaging winds predicted for metropolitan areas and other parts of New South Wales including the Illawarra and central and southern tablelands…

ABC

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Views from my window in the past hour or two.

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Surry Hills revisited–people — 1

Last Sunday I revisited Surry Hills. Even encountered Madam from the Devonshire Street of many moons ago – just as I had done five years back:

Tonight I saw Madam in Elizabeth Street, and this will mean most to The Rabbit, after whom she asked. She was pleased to hear about the English teaching. She is still doing some catering, she tells me, has some Japanese students staying with her, and is enjoying the freedom of not running a cafe. She seems to be over her Bulgarian period. (Mind you, I liked him.)

Her cafe was a bit like Rick’s. If smaller. Much smaller. And there was no piano. But it was as much a haven for all kinds of refugees as Rick’s ever was. I am sure The Rabbit remembers it with as much affection as I do.

Ah, Cafe Max. I haven’t really taken to its replacement.

And just as then she asked after Mister Rabbit.

But also on Sunday:

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Corner of Crown and Devonshire Streets.