Man killed in freak accident by wild winds in NSW

- Published: 13 July 2016
Man killed in freak accident by wild winds in NSW

The wild climate has turned lethal in NSW after a man killed when a tree fell on his car in strong winds close Wollongong on the state's south drift. 

The man was going on the Princes Motorway close to the Picton Road bridge on Wednesday morning when the 20-meter gum tree fell and smashed the taxi of his ute, catching him, police say.

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He died while paramedics were treating him at the scene. 

A SES representative said winds had come to up to 100km/h around the Illawarra area on Wednesday with teams going to various felled trees and fallen branches. 

The wild climate has brought on more than 8000 force blackouts crosswise over Wollongong and the Southern Highlands with Endeavor Energy dispatching crisis teams and asking individuals not to approach fallen electrical cables. 

An overnight frosty front conveyed hurricanes up to 90km/h beating over the state and snow to zones including the ACT. 

"A profound, complex low weight framework southeast of Tasmania is coordinating vivacious westerly winds over the southeast of the state," the Bureau of Meteorology said. 

The department has put out an extreme climate cautioning for harming winds averaging 50 to 60km/h over the Sydney metropolitan zone with top blasts surpassing 90km/h. 

Tempests are additionally feasible for the Snowy Mountains above 1700m, the authority says. 

The overnight burst of frosty saw 70cm of new snow fall at Thredbo ski resort while Canberra, Oberon and Mt Victoria additionally got light dustings. 

Sydneysiders driving into work on Wednesday morning copped an impact, with the wind chill element sending 10 degree temperatures down to what felt like 1 degree at Observatory Hill in the city, and - 1 degree at Sydney Airport. 

Since Tuesday night, the NSW SES has gotten more than 120 calls for assistance from Sydney, Illawarra and Southern Highlands districts as winds cut down trees and electrical cables. 

Waterfront powers have in the interim cautioned swimmers and rock anglers of "misleadingly effective" surf conditions extending up the coastline from Ulladulla to Tweed Heads, with a long swell period set to escalate through Wednesday and Thursday. 

The National Parks Service of NSW is prescribing individuals consider putting off nation travel while police have additionally asked drivers to postpone going through Jindabyne in the state's elevated area, as nearby streets stay tricky with ice and snow. 

While the winds will ease by Wednesday evening, cool temperatures are relied upon to wait until the weekend.