One Dead, Dozens Of Homes Damaged As Hectic Storm Tears Through Sydney’s Northern Beaches

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Sydney’s Northern Beaches copped the brunt of a sudden storm on Sunday afternoon, which has resulted in the death of one woman and left two others critically injured in hospital.

Winds suspected to be around 130km/hr hit the beaches on Sunday afternoon, equivalent to wind speeds of a category 2 tropical cyclone. The freak storm — that only lasted around 15 minutes — tore roofs from buildings, brought down trees and powerlines, and sent outdoor furniture soaring across properties.

In a press conference on Sunday afternoon, NSW Police Superintendent Patrick Sharkey confirmed a tree and powerlines had fallen on three women in a carpark on Ocean Street, Narrabeen. Sadly, one woman died at the scene, and the other two are currently in North Shore hospital with critical injuries.

“One lady is deceased and two other ladies have been conveyed to hospital who have serious injuries,” he said.

At the time of writing, over 35,000 homes are without power across the Northern Beaches, Hornsby, Linfield and Sefton areas. Parts of Newcastle are also reportedly without power following the intense storms along the NSW coast over the last several hours.

Ausgrid confirmed it will be working through the night to try and get the power back on, but said the extensive damage may leave some without power until further into Monday. Residents are also warned to treat any fallen powerlines as if they are live wires, to avoid any further emergencies.

People have taken to social media to post some of the damage they witnessed during Sunday afternoon’s freak burst of hectic weather. Heavy furniture was found thrown across balconies and one family’s entire trampoline had to be rescued from the beach after it was picked up by the intense winds and cast into the sea.

Others spotted buildings being shredded and trees completely plucked from the ground following the storm, with a trail of destruction left in its path.

In the calm following the Northern Beaches storm, Sydney’s skies lit up with a double rainbow and a brilliant sunset, making for some truly incredible footage of two extremes filling our feeds.

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Bloody hell, stay safe out there Sydney.