Kitesurfer critical after high winds lash coast
A KITESURFER is in a critical but stable condition after an accident which occurred at Drummoyne, while severe winds battered southern parts of NSW.
The 25-year-old kitesurfer smashed into a boat ramp. CareFlight's helicopter responded after the man's friend dragged him unconscious from the water about 7pm.
High winds prevented the emergency crew from transporting the man to the hospital in the helicopter.
He was driven to Royal North Shore Hospital to undergo treatment.
Temperatures have dropped dramatically across Sydney after a scorching day on Thursday.
The CBD recorded 40C at 4.30pm before the mercury plummeted to 22C by 10pm.
The cool change is expected to stay over the weekend with overcast conditions and rain forecast.
The SES attended more than 400 jobs - 330 in Sydney - as strong winds battered the coast of Illawarra and Sydney on Thursday night.
A 13-year-old girl was also flown to Westmead Kids Hospital in a critical condition after falling off a cliff in Bilgola.
Passers-by called emergency services at 6.30pm after seeing the teen come off the 20m high escarpment.
She had severe injuries to her heard, chest, pelvis and leg.
Police are investigating the circumstances and it is not known if they were related to the conditions.
Meanwhile the winds uprooted trees and threw them across roads, houses and powerlines.
An SES hut at Kogarah felt the full brunt of the wind with a tree smashing into it at Harold Fraser Oval.
Kiama, on the Illawarra coast, recorded the highest wind speeds at 94km and Sydney was not far behind at 91km.
At 10.30pm, the SES said there were no major power outages and they are working with energy providers to maintain supply.