Flights cancelled, beaches closed as strong winds lash NSW

Almost 50 flights were canceled in stormy conditions with wind gusts up to 52 km/h.

Winds on Sydney’s Observatory Hill are moving west at 33 km/h, while Sydney Harbor recorded west-southwest winds of 41 km/h.

Crowds gathered at Trenerry Reserve on Monday to watch the big surf at Coogee.

Crowds gathered at Trenerry Reserve on Monday to watch the big surf at Coogee.Credit: Janie Barrett

As of 6 a.m., 49 domestic flights scheduled for Monday have been canceled at Sydney Airport. The north-south runway was closed by Airservices Australia late Sunday evening but reopened at 11.30am on Monday.

On Sydney’s beaches, hundreds of locals – and only a handful brave enough to jump in – watched as waves up to five meters high lashed the shore.

Sydney’s enclosed waters are under a sea storm warning and the city’s coastline is under a high wind warning, compounded by a dangerous surf warning for much of the state’s coastline.

Randwick City Council closed Coogee Beach early Monday due to dangerous conditions.

A “fairly deep low-pressure area” off the coast is driving the waves and gusts, said Helen Reid of the Bureau of Meteorology.

“We have seen these conditions ease slightly [this morning]but we still have countless warnings,” Reid said.

Justin Scaccy

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