Australia is again under threat from extreme weather as tornados arrive from the Pacific bringing 600 metre-high waterspouts with them, and storms drench areas only just recovering from recent floods.
The New South Wales coast provided an excellent viewpoint for the spectacular natural phenomena, but fortunately the waterspouts dissipated before reaching dry land.
However, strong winds persisted and torrential rain lashed Sydney, which was hit by flash floods. Severe weather warnings were also issued for other parts of New South Wales.
For the moment, no casualties have been reported, although emergency services have been kept busy rescuing stranded people from cars and rooftops.