STRONG winds in the Sydney basin have caused disruptions to public transport across and power outages to around 18,000 homes and businesses.
The winds reached as high as 106km/h on Sydney Harbour, the strongest gusts in at least six years. And they reached 111km/h at the highly exposed station of Wattamolla in the Royal National Park.
“The damage is really widespread,” SES deputy commissioner Steve Pearce told 702 Drive host Richard Glover.
“A lot of property damage, a lot of wires down and now the rain is here as well.
“So it’s going to be a very ordinary afternoon.”
Trains from the city on the Bankstown Line are delayed up to 15 minutes as a tree has fallen on the tracks at Punchbowl.
Buses are being diverted away from Botany Road in Randwick due to an unsafe building site.
Route 391 and 392 buses are diverted away from Bunnerong Road in Matraville due to an unsafe building.
Route 180 buses are diverted away from Edgecliff Boulevard and Telopea Street in Collaroy Plateau due to power lines on the road.
Route 750 and 761 buses are diverted away from Carlisle Street in Mount Druitt due to a police operation.
Sydney Ferries services are suspended between Manly and Circular Quay due to large swells at Manly Wharf. A shuttle bus service is now operating instead. Fast ferry services between Manly and Circular Quay are still operating to timetable.