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The Bureau of Meterology have cancelled the severe thunderstorm warning for NSW and ACT just after 8.20pm on Tuesday.
The state has avoided further wild weather, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
Strong winds in Bondi: Massive crash for a Sculptures by the Sea installation. Photo: Danielle Smith
At 9.45pm the State Emergency Service confirmed they had responded to 727 jobs on Tuesday.
Of those, 468 had been completed and 259 were outstanding.
"The majority of crews have been stood down and will re-commence work in the morning,’’ said a SES spokeswoman.
There has been reports of roof damage to at least 205 homes throughout the state, she said. The State Emergency Service advises that people should: * Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.
Earlier in the day six people were injured, including a woman hit by lightning, as severe thunderstorms and gale-force winds hit a large swathe of NSW on Tuesday.
At 6.10pm, the NSW State Emergency Service was responding to 576 jobs across the Sydney area, including roofs that have been ripped off at houses in Killarney Vale and Collaroy, a collapsed verandah at Newtown and structural damage to a Kincumber retirement village.
More than 70 crews were in the field and 400 jobs were in the Sydney metro area.
A 46-year-old woman was in a stable condition after being struck by lightning on her left arm outside her home on Wilima Street, Kincumber.
Damaging winds battered Sydney’s coast throughout the afternoon, peaking at 95km/h at the airport and Sydney Harbour.
The weather was wilder further north, with the Hunter receiving wind gusts of more than 100km/h while hailstones four centimetres in diameter hit Tamworth and Port Macquarie.
At 4.40 an Ausgrid tweet said emergency crews have received more than 400 incident reports of hazards across the network, including trees on powerlines and fallen powerlines.
In another Ausgrid tweet: "Emergency crews working to safely get power back to 2,300 customers in parts of Peakhurst & Beverley Hills."
An Ausgrid spokesman said power has been restored to 9000 homes and businesses in Sydney and the central coast, including Peakhurst, Beverly Hills and Epping.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned storms were likely to continue into the evening for a large portion of NSW, including the mid north coast, Hunter, Northern Tablelands and parts of the North West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.
On Tuesday afternoon, a couple in their 70s were trapped at Lansvale in Sydney’s southwest, with a tree falling on their car.
An ambulance spokeswoman said power lines came down in the accident and the couple were stuck for half an hour before being released and taken to Liverpool Hospital with possible neck, back and limb injuries.
At Bondi, the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition on the coastal walk was closed due to high winds, with all visitors being evacuated. The exhibition is expected to re-open in the morning.
Ian Krimmer of Fire and Rescue NSW said strong winds had caused havoc in Sydney and about 15 crews were responding to incidents.
"Right across the Sydney metropolitan area we have numerous reports of trees down, wires [affected]. We have several roofs being impacted on buildings. We've got a loose window in Pitt Street. We're checking out a crane at Bankstown," he told Fairfax Radio.
Trees and powerlines have also fallen on three people at Engadine. They reportedly all in a stable condition.
Sydney’s weather will calm down significantly tomorrow,’’ said Rob Sharpe, a meterologist at Weatherzone. ‘‘We will see the return of much lighter winds and another cool day ahead with a top of 22 degrees.’’
- with AAP