Wild night across Sydney

Posted by barbara on February 24, 2013

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Sydney was warned to expect the tail end of the wild weather that has been lashing the north coast of NSW for days flooding of local rivers. And the weather alerts, for once, were spot on, with strong onshore easterly winds and rain events barrelling into the coast during Saturday afternoon and evening.

But what came out of the blue was the abrupt step up in the strength of the wind and rain around midnight, thoroughly testing the waterproofing of any building exposed to the driving sideways rain.

While trees and branches came down across Sydney, the so-called storm cell unleashed short-lived destructive 'freak' tornados on the suburbs of Malabar, Chifley and Narrelan, and further down the coast at Kiama.  

For harbour suburbs, after an hour or so of driving wind and rain, with gusts estimated at 135 km, it was not surprising that a major clean up was in order on Sunday morning.

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A big shout out to the State Emergency Services (SES) crews that mobilised to clean up the aftermath of fallen branches, let alone uprooted trees of considerable age.

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Contractors were kept busy chipping fallen trees and limbs in Milsons Point's main street.

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The gale force winds that took out the trees adjacent to the station appear to have been funnelled up a cross street and on hitting the bridge approach superstructure, barrelled through the street trees.

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Many of the graceful gum trees lining this cross street that runs up from the water's edge were badly damaged, including one that snapped off below its branches. 

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The corrugated iron roof of a boatshed in the background adjacent to the Ensemble Theatre appeared to have lost its roof, with stacked sheets piled up on the street, marked by SES for take away.

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