Severe High-Speed Winds Rip Away A Wollongong Roof Like Tinfoil

Emergency crews are on the scene

18 August 2017

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Emergency services are working to secure a tin roof that’s collapsed on a Wollongong building – all thanks to damaging winds that’s sparked property damage across NSW since Monday afternoon.

SES, Police and Fire personnel can be seen roping off an area of Crown Street with emergency tape as 90 km/h winds left the road partially closed.

According to NSW Fire and Rescue, 80 people were evacuated from the scene with no injuries.

Across the morning, NSW SES volunteers have answered 197 requests for help, mostly across Illawarra and the Sydney metro regions.


It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning this morning for damaging winds and damaging surf for Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Snowy Mountains and parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Tablelands locations.

Winds are expected to ease for most areas by Saturday, though vigorous winds will persist along the coastal fringe until Saturday night.

Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay and Goulburn.

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