Sydney Weather Update: Worst Storm to Hit Suburbs, SES Warns


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State Emergency Services has warned people of the expected worsening of Sydney weather in the coming days following the wild weather effects on the ravaged coastline at Collaroy.

It is being said that the impact on homes in the NSW Collaroy in June was not as bad as what is expected to be seen if the latest SES warning proves true. Meanwhile, a leading general insurer in the state revealed on Monday the figures to show the scale of destruction and the disastrous impacts of the weather conditions across the state.

The data showed that around 60 percent of the home insurance claims made in 2015-16 were due to the collapse of properties in storm damage. It also indicated that the insurer had to pay over $185 million for the losses of homes of 85 percent of NSW people.

The report added the losses caused to the state population due to Kurnell tornado in December. The properties in Castle Hills, Quakers Hill, St Ives and Baulkham Hills undoubtedly suffered extensive damage but the effects of the storms were worst on areas like Gosford-Wyong, Illawarra, northwest Sydney, central northern Sydney and the Hunter.

The wild NSW weather conditions, therefore, did not only affect the population but insurance providers as well, the Sydney Morning Herald stated. However, even amidst such weather warnings, the Operation Steel Shield naval exercises in Sydney were still conducted over the weekend, with a change in venue for the same.

Canadian naval reserves’ HMCS Scotian division PR officer Sub-Lieutenant Jamie Tobin confirmed that the Sydney weather conditions have forced a change of venue for the conduct of the operation from the Port of Sydney building to the Canadian Coast Guard College. He added that the changed venue has several small boats that are used for multiple purposes, including rescue operations and boarding parties.

“The boats we were using this weekend are kind of a Swiss Army knife for the Royal Canadian Navy,” Tobin said as quoted by The Chronicle Herald Canada. “They serve a lot of different purposes. We were focusing on navigation and maneuvers. “The weather presented us with a few challenges (but) overall there was great training over the weekend.”

Online Source: Aussie Network News.

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