Perth recently had to batten the hatches, as a freak storm hit the city’s territories, primarily victimizing Western Australia’s Wheatbelt. Residents had been calling to each other and carpet cleaning in Perth to help with the cleanup and repair following the sudden storm front that struck the area late in February 2018.
The freak thunderstorm primarily ravaged the Wheat belt, with Kulin and Kondinin being hit the hardest. Several properties ended up heavily damaged; with roofs torn off, sheds flattened, with even a primary school’s roof getting blown away by the stormy winds.
The storm started sometime on the 25th of February, on a Sunday, as 130KpH winds were detected off the coast of Garden Island early in the morning, before its rampage through the mainland Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region.
The State Emergency Services were busy responding to calls, with them saying that they had responded to over 25 calls by early next day, when the freak storm struck the coastal areas lying between Rockingham and Mandurah. The storm struck hard and fast, with lightning shutting down the beaches with 10mm rainfall within two hours, resulting in mass flooding on streets and in homes. Rockingham, in particular, have lots of homes and businesses lacking their roofs.
Besides Rockingham, Waikiki and Mardella also lost roofs and had trees going down.
A few days following the freak storm, cleanup began in the area, leading to increased work for everyone, from carpet cleaning in Perth to residents, to state workers. Council workers, in particular, have been operating in full force following the storm, cleaning up the debris left behind in the storm’s wake, starting with the CBD. Residents have reported on the storm’s effects, and, surprisingly, there were little injuries, with no reported major injuries, let alone deaths.
Granted, the storm struck for only a short time, but it brought turbulent winds and 10mm rain within the first 10 minutes of its passing. Many witnesses to the storm’s wrath say that it was extremely chaotic early in the morning, with tornado-like conditions.
After hitting the Wheatbelt and Perth’s southern areas, it then moved east, striking the southern areas of WA, into the Great Southern via the South West.