Western Suburbs, Bondi power outages as wild winds lash NSW east coast
Crews are working to restore power to thousands of homes across Sydney on Friday night as damaging winds up to 90km/h hit the east coast.
A strong westerly cold front barrelling east is ushering in wind gusts of over 90km/h, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with a severe weather wind warning in place for the Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Southern and Central Tablelands areas.
Senior forecaster Jake Phillips said “pretty gusty conditions” were active in Sydney’s west and south, with thunderstorms passing through the Illawarra and Central Tablelands.
“We’ve seen these winds and showers pushing through from the west, gusts as strong as 104km/h in Katoomba and then 115km/hin Camden in the southwest of Sydney,” Mr Phillips said.
“There’s been reports of lightning through the Illawarra and central tablelands but no significant rain … most showers willpush through without significant falls.”
Badgerys Creek has recorded gusts of 87km/h while Holsworthy saw 102km/hour winds.
While Fort Dennison in Sydney Harbour saw 106km/h winds, Kurnell in the south saw 91km/h.
Terrey Hills saw smaller gusts at 41km/h.
Trees were pushed over by the strong gusts in Bathurst while the chilly cold front conditions saw a snow flurry hit Orange.
Mr Phillips said conditions are expected to stay windy overnight and into Saturday before easing off in the afternoon.
In the state’s west, rain and damaging winds has interrupted power to 17,000 customers across Western Sydney.
The fast moving storm front has caused 130 electrical hazards, bringing down trees and branches over powerlines.
Emergency crews have commenced patrolling affected areas to scope the work required to restore power supply. Until these patrols are completed, it is not possible estimate when power will be back on for affected customer.
Hundreds of residents are also still without power in the state’s Eastern Suburbs.
Homeowners in Bondi, Bondi Beach and North Bondi lost electricity usage around 1:40pm on Friday, according to power provider Ausgrid.
About 1700 residents are expected to be affected.
It is not yet known what has caused the outage or when power will be restored but a statement from Ausgrid on Twitter said repairs were underway.
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“Power is currently out to customers in Bondi, Bondi Beach and North Bondi,” Ausgrid wrote on Twitter.
“Our crew are working to safely restore power.”