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Nick Ralston is the Crime Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Sydney sweltered but then came the rain

Rachel Olding, Nick Ralston It was a day which saw tops of 39.2 degrees in the city and 40.7 in the west, and ended dramatically with severe thunderstorm warnings across the west.

Storm of the century batters Sydney and the Hunter, leaving three dead and homes destroyed

Massive waves hit Lurline Bay, Sydney.

Nick Ralston, Peter Hannam, Lucy Cormack and Ella Rubeli The biggest storm to hit Sydney and the Hunter this century has battered the region, with at least three people dead,  dozens of others needing rescuing and entire homes washed away in...

Sydney weather: Three people dead in flash flooding in NSW town of Dungog

A house is swept away by a storm in Dungog.

Nick Ralston Three people have been killed in flash flooding in the Hunter Valley township of Dungog.

Threat flares again as bushfires remain uncontained

NEWS-NCH  Firefighters backburning near houses on Redhead Road at Redhead.
Photo by PHIL HEARNE  Thursday 24th October 2013.

Nick Ralston, Sarah Whyte and Peter Hannam The volatile nature of the bushfires still burning across NSW was again underlined on Thursday night, with two massive fires raging uncontained on the western side of the Blue Mountains flaring again...

NSW bushfires: 'Aggressive and high-risk strategies' avert catastrophe


Nick Ralston and Sarah Whyte and Peter Hannam A high-risk gamble by firefighters has paid off, with NSW escaping from one of its most threatening bushfire days on record mostly unscathed.

'This will be as bad as it gets': Blue Mountains fire crews prepare for the worst

Shane Fitzsimmons

Nick Ralston, Emma Partridge Weather worse than the extremes already predicted, combined with large bushfires burning out of control, and the real potential for others to spark up, have prompted a very grim warning.

NSW bushfires: Blazes continue to rage as hot dry conditions intensify and two boys charged with starting a massive bushfire


Nick Ralston, Sarah Whyte, Peter Hannam It had hoped to be a day of relative quiet before another looming firestorm but hot dry conditions saw three emergency warnings issued for major blazes across NSW and two boys charged with starting a...

True devastation of bushfires not yet known

NEWS-NCH Fires  Corner Pacific Highway and Flowers Drive Catherine Hill Bay.
Photo by PHIL HEARNE  Friday 18th October 2013.

Nick Ralston ONE man is dead and hundreds of homes have been destroyed but the true devastation of the NSW bushfires may not be known for some days, and maybe not before a dangerous weather conditions fan the...

Volunteer firefighters face agony of own homes burning down

Nick Ralston Volunteer firefighters who spent Thursday trying to save their local communities from raging bushfires have returned to discover their own homes have been destroyed.

Bushfires threaten Sydney's western suburbs

RFS brigade abandons a truck during a burn over on Londonerry rd

Lisa Davies, Nick Ralston, James Robertson City office workers might have complained about smoke in their eyes and nostrils on Tuesday afternoon but on Sydney's north-western fringe, firefighters were engaged in a running battle to save lives...

No end in sight to the devastation

Sea foam blankets Sunshine Coast (Thumbnail)

Nick Ralston THE devastation caused by the cyclonic weather will continue for days, with thousands of homes inundated, entire communities isolated and the possibility that Brisbane could run out of drinking water.

Fires raze 60,000 hectares in NSW

Grass fire in paddock on Moore Road, Sunbury

Nick Ralston and Lisa Davies Nearly 1500 firefighters do an incredible job keeping the state's homes protected from fire.

Red alert on bushfire threat

CSIRO test a 'bushfire-proof' house.

Nick Ralston, Saffron Howden NSW is facing its most dangerous bushfire threat in 12 years as the state swelters through a record-breaking heatwave and fire officials express concern about the public's preparedness.

Man feared dead, at least 80 properties lost in Tasmanian bushfires


Andrew Darby, Nick Ralston AT LEAST 80 homes have been lost and one man is feared killed by a bushfire that swept down onto the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, less than 60 kilometres from Hobart, in catastrophic conditions.

Major fire threats put brigades on high alert


Nick Ralston PARTS of the state are facing their most serious bushfire threat in more than a decade amid a heatwave across much of Australia.

Woman injured as wind brings down tree

Nick Ralston More than 2500 homes and businesses across Sydney have been left without power after wind gusts of up to 80km/h hit the city.

Bail for woman accused of throwing dog


Nick Ralston, Alen Delic A woman accused of throwing her puppy out of the window of her Kingswood apartment in western Sydney has been granted bail after she gave up the dog and promised not to own another.

Flames fan mountains but relief is on the way

The third anniversary of Black Saturday is tomorrow.

Nick Ralston A drop in temperature is expected to help fire crews who were last night fighting a bushfire in the Blue Mountains that had forced the evacuation of homes and a high school.

Facebark campaign helps collar dog thief

Nick Ralston It had only just gone dark when George, a three-year-old blue Staffie, was stolen in a brazen dognapping at a busy Kings Cross intersection.

Rescuers tell of Japanese strength amid the carnage


Nick Ralston THE devastation was horrific.