Feb 10, 2020 - Science

In photos: Australia's fire-ravaged east coast hit by heavy rain and floods

A resident watches on at Collaroy on the Northern Beaches as a high tide and large waves impact the coast on February 10, 2020 in Sydney,

Waves impact the coast at Collaroy on Sydney's Northern Beaches on Monday. Photo: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Australia's fire-ravaged east coast is being lashed by heavy storms that have caused flash flooding and travel disruptions. And Sydney has endured its wettest four days in 30 years, with 16.3 inches falling in that period, per the Bureau of Meteorology.

The big picture: Much of the state of New South Wales has been crippled by drought. Now, flooding has seen authorities order residents in low-lying areas of Sydney to evacuate. Tens of thousands of people were without power across the state. NSW Maritime said several boats sank amid "turbulent conditions at sea," The Guardian reports. Flooding has also been reported in the nearby state of Queensland.

 Swimmers brave wild weather at Narrabeen on on February 10, 2020 in Sydney
Swimmers at Narrabeen in Sydney. Photo: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images
Water rises off the cliffs at Watsons Bay as a sightseer struggles in the wind on February 09, 2020 in Sydney
Watsons Bay in Sydney. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images
 Beach erosion is seen at Collaroy on the Northern Beaches on February 10, 2020 in Sydney
The beach is eroding at Collaroy on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Photo: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images
A car is seen traveling through flooded streets in Rushcutters Bay as rain falls on January 17, 2020 in Sydney
Streets are flooded in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty Images
People struggle with the wind and rain on February 09, 2020 in Sydney
Sydney's CBD. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images
A Collaroy resident watches on at Collaroy on the Northern Beaches as a high tide and large waves impact the coast on February 10, 2020 in Sydney
A Collaroy resident watches as high tide and large waves impact the coast. Photo: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

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