The severe weather warning for damaging winds has been lifted for the Hunter, but remains in place for the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern and Central Tablelands.
The Illawarra has registered the highest wind gusts in the state overnight, with a 115kmph blow at Kiama, while Bellambi recorded 107k's and Albion Park 106 ( figures provided by Bureau of Meteorology ).
Wollongong, Kiama, Shellharbour and Nowra were some of the areas needing SES help overnight.
Sharon Fox from the SES says the damage was fairly widespread."We saw 85 jobs come in overnight. Lots of trees coming down due to the strong winds. So trees down on roofs and things like that. But volunteers have done a great job, they've completed over 60 of those and will head back out this morning to complete the rest."
Meantime the State Emergency Service advises that we should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) orEvoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
Image source: BOM