A woman has been struck by lightning, a couple trapped when
their car was wrapped in fallen powerlines and roofs blown
away by wild weather in NSW.
Large hailstones and damaging winds thrashed parts of the
state on Tuesday, with the hardest hit areas south and north
of Sydney making up a large proportion of emergency call
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) received 630 calls for
assistance by 6:30pm on Tuesday, while Ausgrid received 500
reports of hazards on the electricity network and worked to
restore power to 9000 homes in Sydney and the Central Coast.
Most SES call outs were for trees down and damaged roofs,
including in Newport where a roof was blown away.
There was relief for parts of the fire-ravaged Blue Mountains
with as much as 50mm of rain, but other areas received just
2mm and lightning sparked new blazes elsewhere.
"It was helped in some areas but in other areas, if it hasn't
put the fires out, it will stop us doing back burning
operations for a couple of days," Rural Fire Service
spokesman Ben Shepherd told AAP.
He said there are new fires in the Coffs Harbour and Clarence
Valley areas, adding that the RFS would reassess the fires on
A Catholic school in Balmain lost part of its roof as gusts
of up to 90 km/h lashed the Sydney metropolitan area.
Louise McNeill escaped unscathed following a lightning strike
in Kincumber on the Central Coast.
"Something hit my arm and I thought I had been struck by
lightning," she told the Seven Network.
"(But) it's the tree that had been (struck) and it's affected
me and had given me a jolt."
An elderly couple were trapped in their car at Lansvale, near
Liverpool, for half an hour after a tree and powerlines fell
on their vehicle.
They were taken to hospital with possible back, neck and limb
Trees and powerlines also fell on three people at Engadine in
Sydney's south, with the trio taken to St George Hospital
where they are in a stable condition.
A verandah at a boarding house in the central Sydney suburb
of Newtown also collapsed, pulling down powerlines.
A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and
hailstones is still in place for the Northern Rivers and
parts of the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands.