Mandurah hit by hail in ‘micro-burst storm’

Dawesville resident Charlene McCall with a mountain of hail on the edge of a road in Pleasant Grove Circle.
Dawesville resident Charlene McCall with a mountain of hail on the edge of a road in Pleasant Grove Circle.

HAIL lanced the heart of Mandurah last night in a what’s been described as a “micro-burst storm”.

Mandurah SES spokesman Chris Stickland said Mandurah areas got smashed with a mini storm.

“It was a micro-burst storm coming in showers and this was an isolated storm that came over the coast and was quite fierce, but mainly affected Halls Head and Wannanup,” he said.

Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams took a photo of his partner building a snowman with the hail that piled outside his home.

Mayor Rhys William’s partner Skipper building a snowman from last night’s hail.

Dawesville resident Charlene McCall came across what appeared to her as snow this morning on Pleasant Grove Circle but was in fact a pool of hail.

“I was on my way to a clients house and I had to stop and take a picture,” she said.

Both Mandurah and Rockingham SES teams worked from 10pm last night to 3am this morning (August 10) and assisted 13 homes that were affected by the storm.

Mr Stickland said hail filled up in the gutters of some homes causing the water to flood back into their homes.

He said no major damage was done to Mandurah homes and properties.

“It was all ice and noise, and scared the hell out of everybody and caused a little bit of flooding and minor damage to homes,” he said.

“We had a couple of small call outs during the day as we were working with the homelessness event along the foreshore.

“We had to put up shelters to the vehicles to try and hold them to the ground.

“We also had small call outs in the afternoon for flooding and damage to roofs.

Julia Ivasenko took this photo of hail in Golden Bay.

Mr Stickland said luckily no one was injured.

“The winds were up over 70km/h,” he said.

“We thank the residents for being patient with us as we had to travel up and down the coast.

“It didn’t hit Rockingham and Kwinana.”