80km/h winds create havoc across region

Eighty-kilometre an hour  winds  kept hundreds of SES officers very busy across western Sydney from before 3pm yesterday till the early hours of this morning.

One of the worst affected areas was  the Hills district where nine teams of  about 30 volunteers were called to remove fallen trees from houses, fences, cars, roads, driveways and backyards.

Hills SES controller Evelyn Lester said they attended  more than 40 jobs in Dural, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, North Rocks, Kenthurst and West Pennant Hills.

She said strong winds also blew the roof off a house in West Pennant Hills.

‘‘We were kept very busy removing huge fallen trees and branches from these places until early this morning,’’ she said.

‘‘Two teams were out in the field from 9am this morning to complete outstanding jobs in North Rocks and Box Hill.’’

Mt Druitt SES controller Peter Lalor said two teams of about 10 volunteers attended to 17 calls for help in Old Mt Druitt and Ropes Creek.

He said two roofs were partly blown away and trees had fallen on homes, cars and roads in Mt Druitt.

‘‘We got two calls for help at about 9am this morning to put tarpaulins on roofs,’’ he said.

Blacktown SES controller Gary Fry said five teams of 28 volunteers, who completed about 40 jobs last night, received more calls for help this morning.

He said the strong winds caused damage to houses in Quakers Hill, Lalor Park and Blacktown and many trees fell across roads and obstructed traffic on Garfield Road in Marsden Park, Donohue Street in Kings Park,Windsor Road in Rouse Hill,  Bitten Grove in Glenwood and Bombala Crescent, Sydney Close  and Camilleri Avenue in Quakers Hill.

Mr Fry said trees also fell into the front yards and blocked driveways in  Blacktown, Prospect, Seven Hills, Quakers Hill and Doonside.

Trees also fell,  damaging a house and a garage in Blacktown and Lalor Park.

For emergency help  call 132500.

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