St George and Sutherland Shire in state's top ten storm-affected regions

Storm centre: Grays Point was the most storm-affected suburb in the St George and Sutherland Shire region in 2018-19, according to the NRMA, as seen in the mini-tornado severely damaged properties last December.
Storm centre: Grays Point was the most storm-affected suburb in the St George and Sutherland Shire region in 2018-19, according to the NRMA, as seen in the mini-tornado severely damaged properties last December.

Grays Point was the most storm-affected suburb in the St George and Sutherland Shire region in 2018-19, according to NRMA Insurance.

And the St George and Sutherland Shire was the seventh most storm-affected region in NSW, the latest NRMA data shows.

A total of four per cent of all storm claims in NSW came from the region.

The ten most storm-affected suburbs in St George and Sutherland Shire were: Grays Point, Engadine, Illawong, Bexley, Hurstville, Kirrawee and Menai (equal sixth), Peakhurst, Sans Souci, Caringbah and Miranda.

The data revealed that 61 per cent of all home claims in NSW in 2018-19 was the result of storm damage, the highest proportion since 2014-15.

Car insurance claims resulting from storm damage have tripled since 2016-17.

A total of 15 per cent of all car claims in 2018-19 related to storm damage, up from just six per cent of car claims in 2016-17.

The worst months for storm damage in 2018-19 were November, 2018 (63 per cent of all home claims, December, 2018 (86 per cent) and March 2019 (75 per cent).

The 10 most storm-affected regions in NSW were: Central North Sydney including The Hills and Hornsby district (17 per cent of all storm claims); Central Coast ( 11 per cent), Greater Western Sydney (11 per cent), Macarthur and Campbelltown (seven per cent), Newcastle and the Hunter (five per cent), St George and Sutherland Shire (four per cent), Mid-North Coast (four per cent) Eastern Suburbs (three per cent), Wollongong and Illawarra (three per cent).

According to the NRMA, a survey of 1,006 NSW residents last month showed that 61 per cent are worried that climate change will make storms more frequent and intense in the future, 57 cent feel that climate change has already made storms worse, 47 per cent are worried about the impact it will have on their suburb or town, and 41 per cent are worried about the impact on their own property.

The official storm season runs from October to March and NRMA Insurance manager for Safer Communities, Alex Mazzoni urged people to prepare their homes.

"We know that two in five residents are yet to take steps to prepare their homes for severe weather, so we are joining the SES to urge everyone to take time to prepare their homes for storm season," he said.

NSW SES Acting Commissioner, Fatima Abbas, said the SES has responded to more than 3,500 jobs in the past four weeks.

"In these recent storms we have seen countless trees blown over and, in some cases, entire roofs have been blown off homes and businesses," she said.

NRMA Insurance, in conjunction with the NSW SES, has developed a checklist to help people prepare for the storm season. From more information, visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au

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