A massive clean-up operation is under way after intense storms pummelled Sydney, felling power lines and trees including one that hit a car, killing a man.
Suburbs in the west including Penrith, Mt Druitt and Blacktown and in the city’s southwest in Bankstown and Moorebank were the worst hit. On the NSW Central Coast the town of Wyong received a battering.
The SES has received 1,900 calls for emergency help, and that number is expected to rise to more than 2000 as people wake up and assess damage on Friday, an SES spokesman said.
One man died when the car he was travelling in was struck by a large tree at Emu Plains.
The 60-year-old female driver of the car was taken to hospital in a critical condition with pelvic and abdominal injuries but is now in a stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman says.