Man drowns in Sydney’s inner west as thousands evacuated

A man has drowned after his kayak capsized on a flooded river in Sydney’s inner west.

Emergency services were called to the Parramatta River, off Abbotsford Parade in Abbotsford, just after 2.45pm, after the man was seen struggling in the water.

A member of the public tried to help, before NSW Police arrived.

Flooding in the Camden area of Sydney. (Nine)

But they said he sadly died.

“Police are conducting inquiries to identify the man and will prepare a report for the Coroner,” NSW Police, said.

The city is being hit by wild weather, with severe weather warnings in place for Metropolitan, Illawarra and parts of Hunter, Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands forecast districts.

Footpaths covered in water in Milperra, 24 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD. (9News)

Multiple evacuation warnings affecting thousands of residents are in place in Sydney.

The heavy rain is expected to extend beyond the Illawarra and far northern parts of the South Coast to the broader Sydney area, including the Blue Mountains.

Warnings also extend from as far north as Newcastle, and south as far as Bateman’s Bay.

A months worth of rain is expected to fall in just days.

Floodwater rescues as Sydney hit by heavy rain

Trains and ferry services have already been impacted by the downpours and the weather has contributed to travel chaos at Sydney Airport as school holidays kick off.

Drivers are being asked to avoid travelling if they can.

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