Man Killed By Flying Gas Bottle As Sydney Lashed By Severe Storm
A severe thunderstorm has felled trees and triggered power outages across Sydney as damaging winds and large hailstones battered the central and southern parts of coastal NSW.
A man was killed in the city's CBD after he was struck by a flying gas bottle.
NSW Police said the 37-year-old man was walking along Harrington Street in the Rocks about midnight when the gas bottle was picked up in strong winds and hit him, causing him severe injuries.
He was rushed to a nearby hotel by witnesses, before police were called to the scene and performed CPR.
The man was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital but was unable to recover from his injuries.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said thunderstorms are likely to continue during the early hours of Wednesday in central NSW before moving towards the northeast by the afternoon.
Additionally, damaging winds of about 90km/h pelted Nowra overnight and are predicted to move into Wollongong.
Electricity cuts have impacted 24,000 Endeavour Energy customers after power lines were brought down in Sydney's northwest and the Hawkesbury region on Tuesday night.
While Ausgrid confirmed its power network had been damaged by the intense lightning storm, meaning 72,000 properties were left without electricity.
Speaking to ABC Radio, NSW SES spokesman Jason Simms said volunteers had been called to more than 600 jobs in the Sydney metropolitan area since 9pm on Tuesday.
Majority of those calls outs are related to fallen trees and branches.
The BoM anticipates winds will strengthen throughout the day but heavy rainfall is unlikely as the storm moved on quickly.
NSW can expect cooler conditions this week as a cold front moves through the state and southeast parts of the country.
AAP reports that a dry air mass means southern parts of NSW could have temperatures drop below 20C, particularly in the Southern Ranges and South Coast region.
Gale warnings are in place for the Eden Coast as well as strong wind warnings for the Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast.
Coastal communities have also been warned about potential hazardous surf conditions for Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast. Authorities ar eurging people to stay out of the water.
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