'Lucky To Be Alive': Roof Ripped Off Nursing Home In Wild Weather
Close to 30 residents have been evacuated after wild winds blew the roof of a nursing home in Newcastle.
Emergency crews were called to Presbyterian Aged Care in Stockton just after 10am Friday morning after reports a roof was ripped off.
Dozens of residents were forced to evacuate, with some picked up by family and others transferred to nearby medical facilities by ambulance.
"Everybody is incredibly lucky to be safe and alive," NSW Ambulance Inspector Joel Dezuna said in a statement to 10daily.
"There are no injuries and no-one has been killed. This could have ended in disaster," he continued.
It comes as a 'polar low' moves across the south-east creating a path of destruction.
A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds across a big chunk of NSW including Sydney, the Illawarra, Snowy Mountains and parts of the South Coast and Central Tablelands.
Albion Park recorded wind gusts pushing 100km/h at 12.30am this morning, while Kurnell, south of Sydney was lashed with winds of 96 kilometres an hour just before 10am.
Some Sydney suburbs are expected to experience their windiest day in four years, as a cold front sweeps across, peaking at 90km/h
The good news is, the worst of the wild and windy weather is expected to be over by tomorrow.
Melbourne has also been hit with strong winds which began strengthening before sunrise and into the morning commute.
The strongest gusts were felt in Cape Otway, at 120 kilometres an hour, while Frankson in Melbourne recorded gusts of 95 km/h, just before 9 am.
On the bay, South Channel Island recorded gusts of up to 111 km/h, breaking waves and sending water splashing over bike paths as commuters made their way to work.
There were similar scenes at Brighton.
Three people were taken to hospital, and another has died after a tree came down on to a car at the Black Spur near Healesville, north-east of Melbourne.
Emergency services were called to the Maroondah Highway just after 9.30 am.
A child was airlifted to the Royal Children's Hospital in a critical condition, a man suffered serious injuries and is now stable, while a second child was uninjured.
In the 24 hours to 1130am, the State Emergency Service had responded to 587 calls for help, mostly for trees down and building damage.
Frankston, Sorrento and Hastings were among the hardest hit with the Frankton pier snapping off and floating through the rough ocean, according to footage posted to social media.
The SES is warning those who are on the roads to take extra care.
"You may see fallen trees on your path," said Jackson Bell from SES.
"Obviously with school traffic we're asking people to drive to the conditions, make sure they're allowing plenty of safe distance for the car in front and making sure they're keeping an eye on their surroundings."
While the wind will ease for the weekend, the weather will remain wild.
"We're expecting showers through the weekend across Melbourne," Stuart Coombes, duty forecaster from the Bureau of Meteorology told 10daily.
"There could also be hail and thunder tomorrow afternoon," he warned.
In good news for snow lovers, buckets of the white stuff has already fallen at Perisher, so much that heavy equipment has been called in to clear it.
The rest of the Alpine region is expected to cop a good dumping too.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has recommended backcountry travel be postponed until conditions improve.
South Australia has had its severe weather advice reduced but residents are being told to remain vigilant and watch for falling debris.
SA State Emergency Service issued a warning just this morning for residents, especially those on the school run to watch out.
"On your way to work and during the school run, watch out for debris on the road and drive to the conditions. Be safe and stay warm as the icy conditions persist" it said on its Facebook page.