A storm that hit Kurnell, a suburb near Sydney airport, has turned up another hazard for the fire service to deal with, before a clean-up can start. The Bureau of Meteorology said winds measuring up to 213 kilometres per hour were recorded at the automatic weather station at Kurnell, the strongest gusts on record for New South Wales.
At least 25 homes are severely damaged many of which had asbestos roofs. Authorities have urged residents and business owners to not touch or sift through damaged houses or debris that may contain asbestos.
NSW Fire and Rescue crews have been moving through parts of the suburb this morning, spraying asbestos with glue to prevent fibres from spreading, at least 80 households needed to be inspected.
The State Emergency Service said it received 660 calls for help across Sydney on Wednesday, including 350 in the Kurnell area.
The asbestos problem will hopefully be contained late Monday