Monday, August 22, 2011

Heavy rain, damaging winds hit Perth, Australia - 22nd Aug 2011

A storm front dumped nearly 40mm of rain and damaging winds on some parts of Perth and the South-West overnight.

State Emergency Service workers responded to 16 calls for help in the metropolitan area and six from the South West and Great Southern and residents battled high winds and torrential rain.

A fallen tree on Old Coast Road near Myalup this morning caused a gas tanker to roll and several vehicles to crash about 5.30am. No-one was injured but northbound traffic has been diverted at Riverdale Road and southbound at Johnston Road.

Calls to the SES were received from residents in Bunbury, Waroona, Australind, Collie, Albany, Rockingham, Port Kennedy, Cockburn, Gosnells and Thornlie.

Winds gusts of up to 104km/h were recorded at Rottnest Island about 10pm, just as the front struck the metropolitan area.

FESA reports that 35 SES volunteers from seven metropolitan units have made temporary repairs to homes and fixed minor roof, ceiling and flood damage in Perth.

A house in Port Kennedy has lost its roof.

Significant falls of rain included Collie 55mm, Bunbury 45mm, Dwellingup 40mm, Jandacot 38mm, Swanbourne 34mm, Perth 27mm, Bridgetown 25mm and Albany 25mm.

The overnight downpour was in stark contrast to yesterday's conditions which saw Perth record 26.3C, marking the city's hottest August day in five years.

If last night's storm caused damage to your home call the SES on 132 500. For information about road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138. To report downed power lines call Western Power on 131351. Source