- Parts of NSW lashed by storm
- Roofs torn off homes and a warehouse
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Wild weather has ravaged parts of Australia with damaging winds blowing roofs off homes leaving properties destroyed and thousands left without power.
Around nine homes have been damaged when devastating storms lashed parts of the Entrance and Long Jetty, on the NSW Central Coast, around 4pm on Saturday, with one person trapped under debris inside a home.
The roof of Long Jetty Automotive Engineering, on the corner of Minto Ave and Central Coast Hwy, was completely blown off the building, the force of which also brought down some walls.
The roof blew on top of a neighbouring home, trapping at least one person inside for some time.
he Bureau of Meteorology’s Gabrielle Woodhouse said there had been some thunderstorm activity moving about the Central Coast region throughout the day.
‘This storm in particular was caused by some humid and unstable air mass, bringing that destruction to places like Long Jetty,’ she said.
‘We’re anticipating some showers or another thunderstorm out to the west (on Sunday) but we will see some slightly cooler conditions at least.’
The weather bureau said the damage was caused by an ‘intense’ and ‘fast moving’ storm which moved through the area this afternoon.
Trees and powerlines collapsed across several roads in the area as the town was hit by flash flooding.
A severe weather warning for greater Sydney and the Illawarra was issue after a cool changes came through around Saturday afternoon
Sydney is expected to be hit by 70km/h wind gusts by Saturday evening which could intensify to 90km/h later tonight.
A warning for severe thunderstorms threatening large hail and damaging winds is also in place for the Hunter, South Coast, Snowy Mountains and Mid-North Coast forecast districts.
The sever weather comes after parts of NSW coast sweltered through 40 degree heat.
Penrith and Richmond in Sydney’s west hit 43C while Badgerys Creek, Frobes and Coondobolin were the NSW Central West hit 44C.
Total fire bans have also been issued across five districts across the state with firefighters battling to contains dozens of fires that are burning out of control.
Health authorities earlier urged concertgoers attending events across Sydney to stay in the shade and keep themselves hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
A roof was blown off a warehouse (picture) in Long Jetty on the NSW Central Coast on Saturday after damaging winds ravaged this town in the afternoon
One person is understood to have been inside the home at the time the roof (pictured) was torn off the warehouse
A damaging winds brought flash flooding to areas across the NSW north coast with the weather bureau saying the weather system was ‘fast moving’ and ‘intense’
Several properties were damaged from the gusty winds which left a trail of destruction across homes after most of NSW baked in the scorching heat on Saturday