Wild Weather Kills In Victoria, Forecast To Keep Battering NSW
Wild winds have claimed the life of a woman and left three people in hospital after a tree crashed on to a family car in Victoria, and the Bureau of Meteorology has warned strong winds will continue in NSW this weekend.
Three people remain in hospital while a woman has been killed after a tree crashed into a car northeast of Melbourne amid winds gusting at more than 100km/h.
More than 700 people people called Victoria's State Emergency Service for help, mostly for fallen trees, as a damaging cold front swept the state on Friday.
Rough seas claimed part of Frankston's pier in southeast Melbourne, with the end of the structure snapping off and floating away.
The suburb copped winds of 95km/h while gusts of 128km/h were recorded at Wilsons Promontory.
On Friday morning, a large tree came down on a family car at Fernshaw. A woman died at the scene while two children were taken to the Royal Children's Hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. The male driver was taken to The Alfred hospital.
Winds are expected to ease on Saturday to between 60 and 70km/h. But it's still set to be very cold and wet, with falls of 20-40mm forecast for central Victoria and parts of Gippsland.
Snow is expected down to 500m over the weekend, while Melbourne is forecast to reach just 11C on Saturday and 12C on Sunday.
The worst of the damaging winds battering NSW has eased but the Bureau of Meteorology has warned strong winds will continue throughout the weekend.
Strong winds will continue to lash parts of NSW throughout the weekend but the worst of the severe weather has passed.
A severe weather warning was in place on Friday night for large sections of eastern NSW, from the Victorian border up to the Northern Tablelands - including Sydney.
Conditions began easing into Friday evening with the Bureau of Meteorology warning while the worst is over, the windy conditions will stick around throughout the weekend.
If the strong winds do persist, more delays and cancellations are likely at Sydney Airport after more than 180 domestic flights in and out of the airport were cancelled on Friday.
The damaging winds also ripped the roof off the Presbyterian Aged Care facility at Stockton, in Newcastle, on Friday morning forcing the evacuation of about 30 people.
Gusts of more than 90km/h were recorded around Wollongong and Newcastle on Friday morning, while Thredbo posted a gust of 118km/h. The vigorous winds are being driven by a series of cold fronts cross Australia's south east.
Authorities have urged people to remain vigilant as conditions will remain poor on the roads.
The SES received more than 720 calls for help by Friday evening with most jobs relating to fallen trees and branches, with some reporting roof damage.