100k/h winds in Sydney are causing chaos today

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Winds gusting above 100km/h have caused widespread chaos across
Sydney today, delaying dozens of flights, blacking out suburbs
and traffic lights, stopping trains and blocking roads.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded winds at 104km/h were measured
at Sydney airport just before 2pm and the highest gust was
106km/h on Sydney Harbour at 11.30am, while Newcastle has
registered 89km/h gusts.

Gusts in excess of 100km/h were also recorded around Wollongong.

The Fire & Rescue NSW building in the city has its roof blown
off and around 80 people were evacuated. There were no injuries
but Crown Street, Wollongong is closed.

#NSWSES responding with @FRNSW – roof down
in Crown St @Wollongong_City. Crown Street currently closed.
https://t.co/KRcWpcikLc pic.twitter.com/ufJ5BRLopT

— NSW SES (@NSWSES) August 18, 2017

The State Emergency Service [SES] says it had received more than
290 calls for help.

#NSWSES crews responding to roof damage to
residence on Princes Hwy Corrimal due to strong #wind. Stay inside & delay travel where
possible. pic.twitter.com/5eI9dttBhq

— NSW SES (@NSWSES) August 18, 2017

Tens of thousands homes across Sydney had suffered blackouts.
Around 43,000 homes around Cronulla and Kirawee lost power
earlier today, but it has since been restored according to
Ausgrid. Current problem areas include Bexley, Copacabana on the
Central Coast, and Lugarno and Mortdale.

Power’s out to about 900 homes and businesses in parts of Lugarno
and Mortdale. Emergency crews on way. Updates at https://t.co/MxbaFPxBlK pic.twitter.com/EM5PFmCCoN

— Ausgrid (@Ausgrid) August 18, 2017

Emergency crews working to get power back to about 3100 homes and
businesses mainly around Bexley. Report outages: https://t.co/MxbaFPxBlK pic.twitter.com/uh1wsAwCmg

— Ausgrid (@Ausgrid) August 18, 2017

Central Coast – crews working to get power back to about 1700
homes in Copacabana, 700 in Terrigal and 1400 in Niagara Park.
pic.twitter.com/6QtLmDkuYJ

— Ausgrid (@Ausgrid) August 18, 2017

Streets in Sydney’s CBD were closed during lunchtime after a
piece of roofing came off a building in Clarence Street, while
another building was damaged on Liverpool Street, closing
westbound lanes but have since reopened.

The latest problem has just occurred in Young Street.

SYDNEY CBD: Young St closed btn Bridge St and Alfred St due to
building damage. Avoid the area.

— Live Traffic Sydney (@LiveTrafficSyd) August 18, 2017

Northbound trains were halted temporarily on the Harbour Bridge
after debris was blown across the tracks, but services have been
restored.

Hardest hit has been Sydney airport, where dozens of flying in
and out of the city have been cancelled or delayed as runways
were closed with gusts exceeded 100km/h.

There are delays of 90 minutes or more on some domestic and
international flights.

Due to extreme winds at Syd airport, a number of flights are
affected today. Please check https://t.co/WqkbuuqwXJ for up to date info.

— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) August 17, 2017

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