NICK RALSTON August 17, 2012
A woman has suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a tree that was brought down by strong winds in Sydney’s west.
An ambulance spokeswoman said the 24-year-old woman was hit by a tree that fell down in high winds in Penrith at 2.15pm.
"She suffered a serious head wound and was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition," the spokeswoman said.
More than 2500 homes and businesses across Sydney were left without power after wind gusts of up to 80km/h hit the city.
Ausgrid said that the premises were in North Turramurra, North Galston and Arncliffe and that they had lost power between 1pm and 1.20pm today.
Crews were working to restore power to those impacted.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the winds were part of a cold front that hit Sydney at lunchtime. Gusts of up 80km/h were recorded at Kurnell and Camden.
"It's already started to ease off from those high wind gusts," bureau spokesman David Barlow said.
"There are still come gusts of 50km/h to 55km/h around Horsley Park but it looks like the worst of it has gone through."
The winds are expected to reduce to 25km/h to 35km/h for this evening
The State Emergency Service said it had been called to about 70 jobs after the gusts, mainly in Sydney's west and south-west. Most call-outs were to respond to fallen trees and roof damage.
The SES has also issued a severe weather warning with wind gusts of up to 100km/h predicted in the Hunter and central tablelands.
The weather is predicted to hit from late tonight.
AAP and Nick Ralston