NSW weather: Photos of storm damage as winds hit coast, flood recovery under way

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Millions of residents are in the firing line of powerful wind gusts and hazardous surf smashing the east coast just days after a wild weather system caused flood and storm damage across the state.

An alert was issued to NSW residents from Wooli to Wattamolla to prepare ahead of damaging wind gusts of up to 100km/h smashing the coast from early Wednesday morning.

Areas of impact are expected to be the Sydney coast, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Woolgoolga, Sawtell and The Entrance.

Residents were warned to trim tree branches, park cars under secure cover away from trees, powerlines and drains, and secure items like outdoor furniture that can blow away in strong winds.

Hazardous surf is also forecast for north of Ulladulla for Wednesday and Thursday.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds for people in parts of the Mid North Coast, metropolitan Sydney and Hunter districts has been issued.

Shocking photographs reveal the extent of storm damage across the state following a deluge of rainfall last weekend.

Large trees stretch from either side of roads and cars are submerged in water.

NSW SES Acting Assistant Commissioner Dallas Burnes said there was an increased chance of trees falling due to recent wild weather.

“Given the recent extreme weather experienced across much of the coast over the last few days, the soil is already saturated, so there is an increased chance of trees falling,” he said.

“During high winds we also see trees and powerlines falling on vehicles. Make sure you park your car undercover and do not park under any large trees or powerlines.

“The NSW SES is starting to see requests for assistance come through this afternoon (Tuesday), with more than 60 calls for help already received across Sydney and the Central Coast. The majority of these calls relate to storm activity, including leaking roofs and trees down.

Eight flood warnings remain in place, including on the Central Coast, inland from Gosford, Coutts Crossing on the Mid-North Coast, in Tempe in Sydney’s south and in Mungindi on the NSW-Queensland border.

Watch and act warnings in Sackville, Lower Portland, Cumberland Reach and Leets Vale have all been downgraded.

SES volunteers conducted damage assessments and washouts in the Illawarra region, south of Sydney, on Sunday.

More than 70 properties were assessed, with volunteers deeming 57 properties damaged, 28 inundated by floodwaters and 14 inhabitable.

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