November 26, 2019 15:48:09
Trees were uprooted and power was cut to 51,000 homes in less than 10 minutes after an intense burst of wild weather swept through Sydney this afternoon.
- An intense storm swept through Sydney just after 1pm
- Power has been lost to at least 40,000 homes, according to Ausgrid
- The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings about large hailstones and gusty thunderstorms across the state
In Gordon and Killara, on the Upper North Shore, several leafy streets were transformed into danger zones of drooping power lines and smashed cars when the storm hit about 1pm.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning for large chunks of NSW and said areas north of Sydney would be the worst-affected into the evening.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) said it had responded to about 500 calls for help in Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
BOM meteorologist Gabrielle Woodhouse said there had been wind gusts in Sydney of up to 100km/h.
“We expect a similar situation through parts of The Hunter, Mid North Coast and parts of the North West Slopes, Plains and Northern Tablelands,” she said.
“We recommend you move your car away from trees.
“Secure and put away loose items in the yard. Stay well clear of fallen powerlines.
“It’s best not to be outside so much because the winds and the lightning can cause problems so best to stay inside and wait to see what happens after the storm before going out.”
Ausgrid said it was working to restore power to homes and businesses across Sydney, the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie.
Power is currently out to residents in across parts of the Northern Beaches and North Shore.
Suburbs affected include North Narrabeen, Chatswood, Gordon, Galston and Dural.
This front is expected to move out to sea later this evening.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) tweeted: “Emergency Services are receiving a large number of 000 calls for assistance with storm related incidents across the Northern Beaches and Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai areas.”
Julie Liebert was driving home from Marsden Park and said several trees were blocking traffic on Mona Vale Road.
“The further north I went, it was like something had gone through and knocked all the trees down,” she said.
“I was thinking ‘this was awful’ but the closer I got to home, the worse it was getting and the more and more scared I was getting, thinking, ‘what’s it going to be like when I get home?'”
November 26, 2019 13:52:45