Flights delayed at Sydney airport after 90 km / h winds in the city while forest fires rage in New South Wales and Queensland
- High winds have caused major delays at Sydney Airport this week
- Wind gusts up to 90 km / h raged over parts of the state
- Wild weather has also seen horrific forest fires in NSW and Queensland
A number of flights have been delayed because strong winds continue to cause chaos in Sydney.
Wild weather has caused great damage in New South Wales and Queensland with gusts of wind up to 90 km / h hitting the south coast and the Hunter Region.
Domestic flights are affected by the weather, with several flights delayed due to the strong wind.
However, no international flights were taken.
The Queensland fire and emergency services have upgraded their warning of & # 39; staying up to date & # 39; to & # 39; emergency alert & # 39; while a bushfire that got out of hand rages the Binna Burra region
Reinforcing winds have set firefighters on fire while several NSW forest fires continue to burn out of control, with at least five houses and dozens of buildings already destroyed.
Crews spent the weekend fighting the intense flames, with a guard and action warning in place for Bees Nest in Armidale and at Drake near Tenterfield.
A warning for a fire at Shark Creek in Clarence Valley was also upgraded to a watch and responded on Monday morning amid deteriorating circumstances.
The Armidale fire has already destroyed nearly 63,000 hectares – twice the size of the Sydney city council – while the Drake fire is approximately 32,000 hectares. The eruption of Shark Creek is just over 4,500 ha.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said on Monday at 9 am more than 50 fires around the state.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the fire is worrying on the south side near Binna Burra
The RFS confirmed that four houses had been destroyed in Drake, along with one in Tenterfield. Another house was damaged in Lidsdale, while a total of 22 outbuildings were destroyed.
& # 39; It's going to be another tough day for firefighters & # 39 ;, said NSW Rural Fire Service vice commissioner Rob Rogers to ABC.
& # 39; This wind, in combination with the underlying drought that strikes a lot from NSW, has made fire fighting extremely difficult. & # 39;
Armidale experiences early morning winds of up to 40 km / h and gusts of wind up to 60 km / h and pushes the bee nest towards the northeast.
Crews collaborated with landowners at night to protect isolated properties in the area, while a number of tactical burn-backs were also carried out.
& # 39; Unfortunately we think the loss of ownership will increase from what we have understood so far, but it will take some time for crews to get there and calculate those costs, & # 39; said Rogers.
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