Powerful Storms Strike Australia Leaving Over 200 Thousand Without Power and FatalitiesThree people have died in New South Wales as powerful storms batter the Australian state. The two men and a woman were found dead in Dungog north of Sydney, one of the worst affected areas, where homes have been washed away by flooding. Some 215,000 homes are without power in Sydney and across New South Wales. People have been urged to head home, as Australia’s weather agency warned more severe weather would hit parts of the state on Tuesday night.The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a severe weather warning for the Sydney area, Hunter and Illawarra forecasting “damaging and locally destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf”. Winds of up to 135km/h (85 mph) were recorded in some areas, with up to 200mm of rainfall forecast for Tuesday. State premier Mike Baird has urged workers from the Illawarra region, south of Sydney, to the Hunter region several hours north of Sydney, to go home before storm conditions worsen. “It is a huge storm event that is wreaking havoc across New South Wales at the moment,” he said. “What our priority has to be at the moment is to get through the next few hours and protect life at every opportunity.” FULL REPORT