Seriously dark clouds heralded the arrival of bad weather on Sunday morning. Photo: Bob Whitby (perthweatherlive南京夜网) There was a lucky escape after a tree came down at Lewana Cottages. Photo: Donnybrook-Bridgetown Mail via Ben Slyns
Storms have hit the South-West hard. Photo: Donnybrook-Bridgetown Mail via Ben Slyns
Trees have fallen at the Medina Cottages, shaking up guests. Photo: Donnybrook-Bridgetown Mail via Ben Slyns
Sunday: winds of more than 100km/h hit stateA four to five metre tree has fallen at the Lewana Cottages near Nannup as high winds hit the Perth metropolitan area on Monday afternoon. Department of Fire and Emergency Services crews raced to the cottages to plot the best way to remove the massive tree. “The only damage to buildings was the garage, the damage to my Prado is unknown but I think it’s minimal,” Proprietor Ben Slyns said. “This storm appears to be fairly localised, to my knowledge there were only a few small trees blocking the Balingup Nannup road. “The guests in our cottages felt their house shake and heard cracking sounds. Some of the children cried because of the noise of the rain and wind.” Power out across Perth, South-WestPower outages have also been an issue, with Western Power confirming 26,000 homes across Perth and the South West were without power aruond 2pm.
“Crews are working to safely restore power to homes affected by the severe storms in Perth metro and South West,” a spokesperson said.
The suburbs affected the worst were South Perth, Victoria Park, Swan View and Como. Crews were currently assessing network damage and would reconnect power as soon as possible.
As of 6pm, power had been restored to 18,000 homes, with 8000 in Swanview, Stoneville, Yangebup and Gidgegannup still in the dark.
Anyone who sees a power line down, including connecting wires, should call Western Power on 13 13 51. Pubs damaged in BunburyBunbury’s pubs have been hit hard by Monday’s wild weather, with the police and fire brigade closing a section of Victoria Street after Trafalgar’s Hotel lost a piece of its roof. The metal roof became unattached and is flapping dangerously in the breeze. An emergency services officer on the scene told the Bunbury Mail the piece of roof was likely to come loose and the road would remain closed to traffic and pedestrians as a precaution. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services also reported that a second pub, on Simmons Street, received damage from the wild weather. Residents across much of the southern part of the state are being told to expect more bad weather as a strong cold front continues to move south-west. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that the cold front is likely to cause widespread damaging winds up to 100km/h. A wind gust of 111km/h was recorded at Cape Leeuwin at 6.30am and 104km/h was recorded at Cape Naturaliste at 10am. In isolated areas, dangerous gusts of more than 125km/h could cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property.
Damaging winds are currently being experienced in areas south-west of a line from Bunbury to Bremer Bay, and are likely to extend to south-west of a line between the Perth metropolitan area and Ravensthorpe by 1pm, then extend to the remainder of the warning area during Monday afternoon. Thunderstorms, hail and local flooding are also possible. People affected by the weather are urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES on 132 500 for assistance. Follow WAtoday on Twitter- Aleisha Orr and Liam Ducey
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