Northshore teams activated as Perth gets lashed by storms
A rare occurence of multiple storm fronts, each with winds of up to 125km/h, have torn roofs from homes, flattened fences and broke windows across Perth over sustained 'assault' on the metropolitan area over the last few days.
The first front hit Perth on Wednesday 27th July at approximately 1730hrs. Northshore SES volunteers were on standby, ready to deploy within minutes of the calls being recieved. By 2030hrs, the SES nerve centre at Belmont had recieved 20 calls for assistance.
A second front hit in the early hours of Thursday morning (about 0430hrs) and this resulted in a further 25 call for help being logged.
Whilst still recovering from the first two storm events, a third storm front passed through the metropolitan area around 2000hrs on Thursday evening, subjecting WA residents to a further battering. SES volunteers, who were still recovering from the previous two events, recorded a further 23 calls for assistance.
Calls came from areas as far apart Girrawheen and Waroona, including a block of units in Harrison Street, Rockingham, that lost its roof.
The majority of calls related to water coming in to houses, roof damage and flash flooding. In Waroona, 112km south of Perth, strong gusty winds resulted in fences, trees and power lines being blown down and many residents reporting roof damage. South Western Highway in Waroona was closed due to debris and downed power lines.
Other affected suburbs included Rockingham, Orelia, Baldivis, Waikiki, Medina and Cooloongup, as well as Wilson, Hillman, Maida Vale, High Wycombe, Bicton, Mosman Park, Clarkson, Girrawheen and Currambine & Cottesloe. Many homes sustained damage caused by water leaking in from roofs. Some householders also reported broken windows and fences blown over.