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500,000 People on Flood Alert as Rain Lashes Sydney

A car is parked near a flooded road at Windsor on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, Thursday, March 3, 2022.Tens of thousands of people had been ordered to evacuate their homes and many more had been told to prepare to flee as parts of Australia's southeast coast are inundated by the worst flooding in decades. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
A car is parked near a flooded road at Windsor on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, Thursday, March 3, 2022.Tens of thousands of people had been ordered to evacuate their homes and many more had been told to prepare to flee as parts of Australia's southeast coast are inundated by the worst flooding in decades. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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Sydney (AP) -- Around 500,000 people in Sydney and its surrounding areas had by Thursday been told to evacuate or prepare to flee floodwaters as torrential rain lashed an extraordinarily long stretch of the Australian east coast.

Rivers were rising in Australia’s most populous city, home to 5 million, with New South Wales' State Emergency Services Minister Steph Cooke warning of “treacherous weather conditions” over the next 24 hours.