Thursday, July 28, 2011

Second big storm heads Western Australia's way - 28th July 2011

WA residents have been warned to brace for more stormy weather tonight, as towns across the State's southwest struggle to repair the damage wreaked by last night's gusts and thunderstorms.

The Bureau of Meteorology today warned of another strong weather front heading for the State's southwestern corner, bringing fresh storms and localised winds potentially exceeding 125kmh.

The wild weather is expected to affect an area southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Southern Cross to Israelite Bay, including Jurien Bay, the Perth Metropolitan area, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Katanning, Narrogin, Albany, Southern Cross and Esperance, the bureau said.

"Higher than normal tides are expected between Perth and Cape Leeuwin. Flooding of low-lying coastal areas is possible during Friday morning," the bureau's statement said.

The conditions are expected to ease during tomorrow morning.

The warning comes less than a day after wind gusts of more than 125km/h brought down power lines, uprooted trees and damaged homes across the south-west of the State.

State Emergency Service workers are repairing homes, fixing minor roof damage, removing fallen trees from fences and sandbagging areas in danger of flooding after a busy night which saw nearly 50 call-outs across the region.

The SES now says at least 12 houses in Waroona have been severely damaged by last night's storm, as the tally of destruction grows.

At least 26 houses in the town were damaged by gusty winds and rain, which brought down power lines and forced the closure of South Western Highway. Read More