SES kept busy as Illawarra hit by wild winds

A car was damaged when a 1.5 metre retaining wall was blown over in Mount Pleasant as wild winds passed through the Illawarra on Thursday.

The State Emergency Service received 30 calls for assistance; the majority were for trees falling onto roads and property.

The University of Wollongong’s Sports Hub was also damaged by the wind and has been closed, along with the Sports Hub car park, for safety reasons.

A peak wind gust of 78km/h was recorded at Bellambi at 3.30pm.

A shed was damaged by winds on Friday. Picture: SUPPLIED

A shed was damaged by winds on Friday. Picture: SUPPLIED

SES acting region controller Ashley Sullivan said the Wollongong local government area was the worst hit.

He said the winds died down late in the evening.

“It was a big burst [Thursday] afternoon and last night then it went a bit quiet,” he said.

“We had three or four jobs this morning and I’d say we’ll continue to get jobs today.”

The Bureau of Meteorology still has a strong wind warning for the Illawarra, but it is forecast to ease throughout the day. 

Wollongong is expected to reach a top of 17 degrees on Friday.

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