TOPSHOTS A surfer jumps off the pier into Port Phillip Bay to take advantage of the waves as a storm lashes the Melbourne area on June 24, 2014.
TOPSHOTS A surfer jumps off the pier into Port Phillip Bay to take advantage of the waves as a storm lashes the Melbourne area on June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO - Mal Fairclough

Southern states take a beating from extreme weather

VICTORIA bore the brunt of winter's fury but it was NSW copping blustery winds and property damage over the weekend.

The NSW State Emergency Service received more than 400 calls for help overnight Saturday.

SES assistant commissioner Andrew Edwards said most of those calls came from the Blue Mountains, Northern Beaches and Sutherland Shire area

"A lot of that work has been due to trees falling down, branches falling off trees but we've also had some larger jobs we've responded to," he said.

"Damage to property, trampolines flying through the air, roof coming off a house and probably one of the more spectacular things we saw was a large tree fall down at Liverpool ambulance station which crushed a number of vehicles and also an ambulance."

Severe weather warnings remained through Sunday in the Hunter Valley, Illawarra, South Coast, Central and Southern Tablelands and the Snowy Mountains.

Winds were averaging 50 to 60 kmh with gusts of 90 kmh.


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