Wild winds up to 100km/h bring down trees along Australia’s east coast
Wild winds up to 100km/h bring down trees along Australia’s east coast

Wild winds wreak havoc along east coast

Australia's east coast has been battered by wild winds up to 100km/h with volunteers responding to hundreds of calls for help across multiple states.

In Melbourne's outer east a woman aged in her 50s was hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries after crashing into a tree that had fallen onto the Maroondah Highway at Kilsyth.

Victorian State Emergency Service volunteers have responded to more than 240 requests for assistance in the past 24 hours for trees fallen onto buildings, roads and powerlines.

Kilsyth, Montrose and The Basin in Melbourne's outer east were the worst affected areas with more than 100 call outs, while a large Moreton Bay fig tree caused significant damage to a house in Glen Iris.

About 2000 houses, mostly in the eastern suburbs, are also still with power on Monday morning.

SES volunteers work to remove a large tree that caused significant damage to a home in Glen Iris in Melbourne's southeast. Picture: Facebook/SES Malvern Unit
SES volunteers work to remove a large tree that caused significant damage to a home in Glen Iris in Melbourne's southeast. Picture: Facebook/SES Malvern Unit

In Queensland, SES, the Rural Fire Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews were called to 200 jobs for fallen trees, fallen powerlines and property damage.

Brisbane has recorded almost 34mm of rain since 9am on Sunday, while Oakey near Toowoomba saw 42.6mm.

In New South Wales, Sydney was hit by wind gusts of up to 80km/h and more than 40mm of rain in the past 24 hours, with Cabramurra in the Snowy Mountains recording the strongest winds in the state with gusts of 100km/h.

The wild weather has trigger traffic chaos for Sydneysiders with several roads blocked off ahead of the Monday morning commute.

Wakehurst Parkway is closed in both directions from Oxford Falls to North Narrabeen due to flooding. Drivers have been urged to use Pittwater Road and Warringah Road as an alternative.

Oxford Falls Road is also closed between Wakehurst Parkway and Aroona Road.

Galston Road, in Sydney's north west, was closed in both directions due to a rockfall west of the bridge but the incident was cleared before 7.30am.

The soggy conditions after expected to continue for the entire week, despite some areas such as Sydney's northern beaches already receiving 100mm of rain over the last three days.

A severe weather warning is in place for damaging winds in the Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and the ACT.

Hazardous surf conditions are also expected along the NSW coast.

Surfers enjoying large swells at Bronte Beach, NSW. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dylan Coker
Surfers enjoying large swells at Bronte Beach, NSW. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dylan Coker

Melbourne's outer east saw winds between 60 to 70km/h with fallen trees causing several road closures, including Dorset Rd in Boronia.

Sky News Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe said there were more thunderstorms on the way for Queensland and rain and showers for NSW.

He said the strong winds and rain would continue in NSW until Wednesday, while in Queensland the thunderstorms would gradually move away from the coast on Monday morning.

"We could still see the odd storm but there won't be nearly as many storms as there will be in central and tropical Queensland and that's going to be the focus on Monday," he said.

"We'll see those storms drifting back south again during the middle of the week, on Tuesday storms are a pretty decent chance again for southeastern Queensland, we could be seeing further severe thunderstorms as well and a similar story into Wednesday."

In Melbourne, it will be cloudy with possible showers for most of the week.

jack.paynter@news.com.au

Originally published as Wild winds wreak havoc along east coast


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