A tornado has left a trail of destruction in southern Sydney with record wind speeds up to 213km/h, leaving several people with minor injuries and many homes and businesses without roofs.
The freak storm hit Kurnell in city’s south just after 10.30am on Wednesday and moved north, while two other storm cells have battered the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury/Central Coast regions.
NSW SES deputy commissioner Greg Newton told 7 News the SES had received around 500 calls for assistance, mainly from the areas of Kurnell, Maroubra, Botany and Bondi Junction.
He noted that a large number of homes and businesses were damaged across these areas, particularly in Kurnell which has been declared a disaster zone.
A number of Kurnell residents were trapped inside their homes, as winds of up to 213km/h ripped up roofs, trees and power lines, as they travelled north up to Bondi Beach.
Kurnell’s Bridges St was particularly hard hit with a number of homes suffering significant damage, a Fire & Rescue spokeswoman told AAP.