Fears lightning may spark more fires

“Not exactly what we wanted to see,” the NSW Rural Fire Service tweeted after the state was hit by a number of storms on Monday evening.

The Bureau of Meteorology tweeted a warning that severe thunderstorms were moving through the Newcastle and Port Stephens regions and are also expected to hit the Blue Mountains.

The BOM said while storms in the Sydney, Wollongong and Maitland areas had eased “the redevelopment of severe thunderstorms remains likely”.

However, there were scenes of celebration in the state’s Mid North Coast, where locals and fireys welcomed a downpour of rain.

The touching footage was taken in Rollands Plains and shared by the Leongatha Fire Brigade which said locals who have been on edge for over a month because of the fires.

Some of them have been forced from their homes for the past 2 week.

The RFS will investigate whether the evening’s storms sparked more fires, after aircraft spent the day searching for new bushfires sparked by thunderstorms on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Hollywood heavyweight Russell Crowe has shared a video from what appears to be his property, damaged in the bushfires that have ravaged the New South Wales region.

He said he sent the video to a friend but decided to share it with Twitter too.

“Fires still burning, logs smoking everywhere you look,” he wrote. “Got halfway to where we were trying to get to, will try again in the morning when it’s cooler.”

There were 80 fires burning across the state at 7pm on Monday, with 50 of them uncontained.

Earlier in the day, the RFS revealed while its building impact assessment teams are still assessing fire-affected areas across the state, so far 663 homes had been destroyed.

It’s feared last night’s storms in NSW may have started more fires. Picture: AAP Image/Joel CarrettSource:AAP

Elsewhere in the nation, a bushfire is threatening lives and homes near Kwinana in Perth’s southern suburbs.

The bushfire is moving fast in a northeasterly direction in The Spectacles and Mandogalup and residents are being urged to leave or prepare to actively defend their properties.

A “watch and act” has been issued for people in an area bounded by Thomas Road to the south, Kwinana Freeway to the east, Mandogalup Road, Postans Road and Abercrombie Road in Mandogalup and The Spectacles in Kwinana.

Firefighters are on the scene and a number of roads have been closed.


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