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Wild winds batter Sydney, with warnings still in place for southern NSW

By Paige Cockburn, Saturday September 7, 2019 - 14:47 EST
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Parts of a roof ripped off by winds in Mt Druitt landed on nearby cars. - ABC licensed

Wild winds are expected to lash parts of NSW today after a chaotic night in Sydney that saw roofs lifted and a tree fall on the Hume Highway.

A severe weather warning is in place for dangerous winds across areas including Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Canberra and Goulburn.

At least 16,000 people remain without power in outer Sydney, the Hawkesbury, the Illawarra and on the South Coast after the damaging winds last night.

Endeavour Energy says there are 400 electrical hazards needing repair after trees and large branches fell across powerlines.

It says power should be restored by late afternoon.

Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury copped ferocious winds last night, with nearly 1,200 calls to the State Emergency Service (SES) for help.

At Mount Druitt in Sydney's west, the wind was so strong it lifted the roof off a unit block.

Bradley Roughsedge said he was reading a comic book when the roof caved in and his apartment started flooding.

"I came downstairs and [saw] the roof was completely missing," he said.

"I've never been so frightened, I thought I was going to be electrocuted."

Another resident Mark Firkin put it simply: "It blew a tornado up here at Mt Druitt."

Winds also pushed a large gum tree onto five cars on the Hume Highway in Warwick Farm last night.

Four people were taken to Liverpool Hospital, where one woman remains in a serious condition.

Another car was crushed at the drive-through window of a KFC at Wetherill Park.

In Wollongong, a brick warehouse on Kenny Street partially collapsed in the storm but fortunately no-one was inside at the time.

Fire and Rescue NSW said there were 50 crews working on jobs involving fallen power lines or trees across the Greater Sydney region last night.

"It was a big stretch on resources," a spokesperson said.

The SES is continuing to work through more than 800 jobs, mostly involving fallen trees and damaged cars and roofs.


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