Sydney is having a dangerously windy Friday, with gusts well in excess of 100 km/h causing chaos across the metropolitan area and surrounding regions, leaving numerous homes without power.
Crews working to get power back to about 3000 homes in pockets of Sydney's south and 3,800 on Central Coast. Wind gusts of more 100km/hr.— Ausgrid (@Ausgrid) 18 de agosto de 2017
There are also reports that minor structures such as carports have collapsed.
Wind wreaks havoc as gusts of more than 90km/h hit the Illawarra https://t.co/Jnc6zxOC8G— Illawarra Mercury (@illawarramerc) 18 de agosto de 2017
A maximum gust of 106 km/h was recorded at Sydney Harbour at 11:34 am, while Kurnell, on the opposite side of Botany Bay to Sydney Airport, recorded a gust of 102 km/h. That's the equivalent of a Category One cyclone.
Delays of well over an hour have been experienced at Sydney airport. Minor delays on rail lines have also been experienced, but Sydney ferries are still operating on all routes except the run to Cockatoo Island.
We are expecting delays today due to weather conditions. Please check with your airline for updated flight status.— Sydney Airport ✈️ (@SydneyAirport) 17 de agosto de 2017
hour and half delay getting out of Gold Coast to Sydney "winds of up to 100kmh at Sydney Airport" OK I can wait!!— Kimmaree (@kimmaree_tweet) 17 de agosto de 2017
The winds have been caused by a very strong cold front which has swept north from Victoria. Winds from these systems typically batter the east coast for a day or so after they've passed over the mountains, and that's what we're seeing on Friday afternoon.
There have also been heavy snowfalls and strong winds in the Victorian Alps and NSW Snowy Mountains.
Snow has also fallen in the Blue Mountains region, just west of Sydney.
A very windy Sydney today! pic.twitter.com/68Qbt69Ga1— Belinda Dickson (@TitaBhee) 18 de agosto de 2017
Sydney you windy as shit pic.twitter.com/fRBhQCSnH7— Smallzy 🎙 (@Smallzy) 18 de agosto de 2017
Winds should abate a little from Friday evening onwards.
Meanwhile the State Emergency Services reminded people to call them on 132 500 for assistance in storms or floods, but to call 000 for life-threatening emergencies only.