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SES crews work through storm damage overnight

5 June 2012, 9:01PM AET

NSW SES volunteers have been responding to hundreds of jobs across Sydney, the Illawarra and South Coast this evening after strong winds lashed the NSW coast earlier today. The SES has received more than 880 requests for assistance and that number continues to rise as the calls continue to come through.

The majority of jobs have been for trees down as a result of winds that exceeded 100 km/h in some parts of Sydney. Some of the worst affected Sydney suburbs included Bondi, Sutherland, Caringbah, Maroubra and Manly. On the south coast areas like Kiama, Eden, Gerringong, Ulladulla and Port Kembla were also affected.

Low-lying coastal areas around Sydney, the south coast, Hunter and Mid North Coast are also being closely monitored for inundation due to the king tide. There have been reports of water rising at Tempe and Earlwood in Sydney where NSW SES volunteers have been sandbagging homes.

While the winds appear to be easing in Sydney and on the South Coast, the Central Coast, Hunter and Mid North Coast areas are expected to be affected over the next few hours. A Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds and surf remains in place for the Hunter, Metropolitan, South Coast, Illawarra, Northern Rivers, Snowy Mountains, Mid North Coast and Central Tablelands forecast districts. Residents who are yet to be affected by the strong winds are being urged to prepare their homes now by securing or putting away any loose items in the backyard, moving vehicles under cover or away from trees and power lines, and remaining indoors if possible.

The NSW SES currently has around 500 volunteers in the field attending to these storm damage jobs. If you need assistance call the SES on 132 500. If your situation is life threatening dial 000.

Be StormSafe .

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