Westfield Mt Druitt roof collapses as hail storm and tornado weather warning issued for Sydney

Date: 1970-01-01 00:00:00

Customers at a Western Sydney shopping centre have been evacuated after parts of the roof collapsed under the downpour.

Video captured inside the Westfield at Mt Druitt shows rain pouring through parts of the roof, where panels have fallen.

Watch the dramatic footage in the video above

A business owner captured the moment a panel in the ceiling collapsed, allowing water to flood in.

Another customer captured the moment parts of the roof inside the Best & Less fell.

Parts of the ceiling are seen on the floor, displaced by the rain. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au
Rain pours through the roof at Westfield Mt Druitt.
Rain pours through the roof at Westfield Mt Druitt. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au

Customers were evacuated and nobody was injured, a spokesperson for the centre said.

“Our centre team are working to support impacted retail partners and customers at this time,” they told 7NEWS.com.au.

“Our team is also working with emergency services onsite to respond and review the thunderstorm damage.”

Fire and Rescue NSW responded to the shopping centre, along with police, to “assess the damage and stabilise the roof”.

“The ceiling of at least one store inside Westfield Mt Druitt has collapsed following a storm,” Fire and Rescue NSW says.

“FRNSW crews are working to assess the damage and stabilise the roof. Call triple-0 for emergencies and the NSW SES on 132500 for all other storm-related requests.”

The roof inside the Best and Less collapses.
The roof inside the Best and Less collapses. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au
Storm clouds and lightning are seen in Sydney.
Storm clouds and lightning are seen in Sydney. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAPIMAGE

It comes as Greater Sydney was battered by a wild storm.

Earlier on Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology warned people along the coast, from Grafton to Wollongong, to prepare for the severe weather system.

“Multiple thunderstorms are currently, or about to, impact major population centres, including Sydney,” the BOM warned.

WATCH the hail storm strike in the video player below

Hail slams Sydney as thunderstorm hits

“People should immediately check their local radars.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging, locally destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.“

Hailstones as large as 5cm were reported at Penrith.

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