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Customers reported being stuck at Sydney Airport for hours due to wild weather. - ABC

Dozens of flights in and out of Sydney Airport have been cancelled due to damaging winds battering New South Wales.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) recorded gusts of up to 78 kilometres per hour at Sydney's airport earlier this afternoon, shortly after issuing a severe weather warning for both NSW and Victoria.

The Kingsford Smith Airport is operating with a single runway for all inbound and outbound planes across the country, with some flights reported to have been grounded for hours.

It was unlikely the other runways would re-open before curfew.

Passengers were seen crowded around check-in desks and sitting on their own luggage bags while they waited for updates.

Belinda had arrived into Sydney with 22 other musicians after spending three weeks in Vancouver for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

"We're all exhausted, we've been away from our families all this time and our flight has been delayed for four hours," she said.

The group of performers were waiting for a flight to return them to Adelaide and could only check-in luggage two hours before the confirmed time.

"So now we're going to sit around in the airport with 48 suitcases and 23 exhausted people and try not to be really cross with the airline.

"We're tired, we just want to go home."

Sydney Airport said 50 domestic flights had been grounded as a result of the strong winds battering the terminal.

Jetstar was forced to cancel 28 of its departures and arrivals due to the chaos and the airline's customers were told most flights were booked out until Monday, potentially grounding some customers until after the weekend.

A long line of passengers shook their head as a staff member yelled out that cash refunds could not be offered. 

Virgin Australia had also cancelled 15 flights, but did not provide information about the remaining weekend services.

A Virgin Australia spokesman said they were assisting customers as best they could in light of the delays, but urged customers to check their flight status.

A severe weather warning remained in place for Sydney, Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and the south coast.

BOM also recorded windspeeds of 76 kilometres per hour at Sydney Harbour and told the ABC they did not expect the gale-force winds to subside until later on Saturday evening.

ABC