Weekend winds batter Blacktown

BLACKTOWN SES volunteers worked on 44 repair jobs because of wind damage over the weekend.

The first report was at 4pm, Saturday.

Volunteers worked well into the night on 25 jobs, followed by another 19 on Sunday.

‘‘About 35 SES Blacktown volunteers were involved over the two days,’’ a spokesman said.

‘‘The two strongest wind gusts recorded on Saturday at the Horsley Park weather station were 76 km/h at 3.49pm and 63km/h at 4pm.

‘‘Fortunately we did not receive any reports of major structural damage.’’

Most damage was caused by falling trees.

This included a dented roof in Norfolk Street and a tree blown onto power lines in Orwell Street, Blacktown.

Winds also blew at tree onto a roof in Advance Street, Schofields, toppled another onto power lines in Orana Avenue, Seven Hills and damaged fences in Marayong, Woodcroft, Schofields, Acacia Gardens and Lalor Park.

Other suburbs hit by high winds included Parklea, Kings Langley, Quakers Hill, Glenwood and Doonside.