Highlands hit with gusts of up to 87 kilometres per hour | PHOTOS

SES volunteers hard at work over the weekend. Photo: SES Wingecarribee Unit Facebook.
SES volunteers hard at work over the weekend. Photo: SES Wingecarribee Unit Facebook.

Wind gusts of up to 87 kilometres per hour hit the Highlands over the weekend, which made it a busy three days for our SES volunteers. 

SES Wingecarribee Unit responded to 36 jobs by 10am Monday morning due to the wind. 

The wind picked up late Friday afternoon and continued over the weekend and through to Monday morning. 

Bowral was hit with gusts of up to 46 kilometres per hour by 1pm on Friday, 87 kilometres per hour by 11pm Saturday and 83 kilometres per hour by 3.30pm on Sunday. 

Wingecarribee SES controller Warren Turner said crews were kept busy over the three days. 

“The wind was very gusty so most of these requests have related to trees or branches down and damage to property,” he said. 

“Across the state there were more than 2600 jobs so it was quite a big weekend.”

Mr Turner said there was a “good turn-out” of volunteers, with more than 20 people assisting over the weekend. 

The biggest job of the weekend occurred around 1am on Sunday morning at Ascot and Sheffield roads, Bowral. 

“A few large branches came down and some power lines, so that was fairly big,” he said. 

“We were on scene with council and Endeavour Energy to clean-up.”

Two incidents of runaway backyard equipment has also prompted a reminder from emergency service personnel. 

“We had a trampoline and a gazebo blow away, “ Mr Turner said. 

“People should always tie equipment down and put their outdoor furniture away during windy weather.” 

While the wind is set to die down by Tuesday, the NSW State Emergency Service has advised residents to keep their backyards tidy during windy weather, to prevent damage to cars, property and people. 

Mr Turner also reminded Wingecarribee residents that the SES is always looking for more volunteers. 

“We are always looking for more volunteers to get involved,” he said. 

To become a volunteer, or for more information visit https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/.

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