BOM issues NSW severe weather warning, as Sydney hit by high winds

| 18.08,17. 05:28 PM |

BOM issues NSW severe weather warning, as Sydney hit by high winds

Photo: A roof has blown off a building next to Wollongong Hospital in wind gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour. (ABC News: Chloe Hart)

Parts of NSW have been buffeted by high winds, with two people injured by flying building cladding, glass left shattered in a CBD high-rise, wires on the rail line damaged and Sydney Airport forced to cancel flights.

Severe damage has been reported across Sydney, and the NSW Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe weather warning for today and tomorrow.

At the entrance to Wynyard Station in the CBD, two people were injured when cladding was blown off a building in Clarence Street.

A man in his 30s suffered injuries to his foot, and a woman, also in her 30s, had injuries to her arm.

At nearby Barangaroo, a large piece of double-glazed glass shattered on the fourth floor of International House.

The glass fell onto pedestrian alleyway Scotch Row which remains closed.

Police initially established an exclusion zone but all roads have since been re-opened.

In Hurstville in the south-west, police said a large satellite dish has been blown off a building near the Waratah Private Hospital.

In the north at Seaforth, a tree brought down powerlines on a car.

Traffic across the Sydney Harbour Bridge is slow due to damaged wires on the rail line, but trains are still running, NSW traffic services said.

Flight delays for passengers

Travellers hoping to fly in and out of Sydney were warned to expect delays, with the strong winds causing one of three runways at Sydney Airport to close.

A Sydney Airport spokeswoman said there were delays of between 60 and 90 minutes for domestic and international flights.

She said passengers should check with their airline for information and updates.

Winds of up to 104 kilometres per hour were recorded at the airport at 1:50pm.

Electricity provider Ausgrid said thousands of homes and businesses were without power in Sydney's south mainly at Cronulla, while other areas affected included Bardwell Park and Arncliffe.

Ausgrid said more than 3,000 homes and businesses, mainly around Bexley, had no electricity and almost 4,000 homes on the Central Coast were without power.

The highest wind gusts recorded around the state this morning were 106 kilometres per hour at Nowra, 104kph at Albion Park and 96kph at Kurnell.

The State Emergency Service [SES] said it had received more than 290 calls for help in Sydney and the Illawarra due to damage caused by strong winds.

Roof blown off onto Wollongong radiology centre

Strong winds have flattened fences, forced trees onto roads and blown a roof off a commercial building in Wollongong.

Alex McFadden from the Illawarra South Coast SES said there had been a spike in calls for assistance.

"We've got teams out in Wollongong in the northern parts of the shire and also down into Shoalhaven as well," he said.

A roof has blown off onto a radiology centre next to Wollongong Hospital, closing a section of Crown Street.

Endeavour Energy said power had been cut to 2,000 homes in Wollongong and 1,000 around Gerringong.

On Wednesday, one man died and another was critically injured following two wall collapses on construction sites in Sydney blamed on wild wind which also brought down trees and powerlines across the city.

Residents were without power in a number of suburbs, and transport was affected across Sydney and parts of the state.


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