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Torrential rain has lashed much of Sydney and surrounding areas, with more downpours forecast for the rest of the week.

Early on Wednesday morning, the weather bureau issued a warning for severe storms in the Illawarra.

“Severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall possible over this area for the next few hours, which may lead to flash flooding,” it said.

Wednesday’s warning came as the State Emergency Service reported it had received more than 800 calls for help since heavy rain began falling on Tuesday morning.

Rescue crews have attended at least 15 flood rescues across Sydney and the central coast, with 450 callouts statewide.

“We are imploring you with 15 flood rescues in inner-Sydney and up at the central coast, that’s too many… Please don’t drive through floodwater,” the SES said.

Flash flooding inundated a host of Sydney suburbs on Tuesday afternoon, with at least 110 millimetres falling at Marrickville in the inner-west.

Wyong in the Central Coast was battered by 80 millimetres in 45 minutes.

SES controller Rolf Garda told the ABC he had never seen so much rain in Gosford, when the storm hit.

“It was relentless,” Mr Garda said.

“It was just like a main river – just waterfalls everywhere, just walls of water.”

The Bureau of Meteorology said Sydney was likely to receive up to 10 millimetres of rain every day until Saturday. Areas further north, including Byron Bay, can expect up to 45 millimetres on Wednesday and up to 60 millimetres on Thursday.

The storm system will also hit south-east Queensland, which can expect heavy rain in the next week.

Forecaster Weatherzone warned “large areas of eastern Australia will be stuck in a stormy weather pattern…that could see several hundred millimetres of rain this week”.

-with AAP

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