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One Dead, Dozens Of Homes Damaged As Storm Hits Northern Beaches

Sydney’s northern beaches bore the brunt of a sudden storm on Sunday afternoon, which left one woman dead and two others seriously injured in hospital.

Suspected winds of around 130 kph hit the beaches Sunday afternoon, equal to the speed of a Category 2 tropical cyclone. The strange storm – which only lasted about 15 minutes – tore down rooftops, toppled trees and power lines, and sent outdoor furniture into homes.

At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, the NSW Police Chief Patrick Sharkey She confirmed that a tree and power lines had fallen on three women in a parking lot on Ocean Street, Narrabeen. Unfortunately, a woman died at the scene, and the other two are currently at North Shore Hospital with serious injuries.

“A woman died and two other women were taken to hospital due to their serious injuries,” he said.

At the time of writing, more than 35,000 homes are without power across the North Shore, Hornsby, Lynfield, and Sefton areas. Parts of Newcastle were also reported to have lost power after severe storms along the New South Wales coast over the past several hours.

Ausgrid confirmed it would be working all night to try to restore electricity, but said the severe damage could leave some without power until Monday. Residents are also being warned to treat any fallen power lines as if they were live wires, to avoid any further emergencies.

People have taken to social media to post some of the damage they witnessed during the frenetic wave of weather on Sunday afternoon. Heavy furniture was found across the balconies and one family’s trampoline had to be rescued from the beach after being picked up by high winds and thrown into the sea.

Others saw buildings shredded and trees ripped completely off the ground in the aftermath of the storm, with a trail of destruction left in its path.

In the calm following the storm of northern beaches, Sydney’s skies lit up with double rainbows and gorgeous sunsets, making for some truly stunning shots of two extremes that fill our feeds.

Bloody hell, stay safe out there, Sydney.

Photo: 9 news

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