Mandurah properties escape major damage after “horrific” storm

Silver Sands. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Silver Sands. Picture: Jon Hewson.

MANDURAH properties copped a “horrific” battering in last night’s storm but experienced little damage – despite the fierce 86km/h recorded winds.

Mandurah SES spokesman Chris Stickland said the SES team only attended four jobs overnight in the Mandurah area.

“It was “horrific” – I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

“We had a massive hail storm at about 9.30pm with a crack of thunder and a big strike of lightning over in Greenfields,” he said.

“Everyone followed instructions and tied everything down – they were prepared.

Silver Sands. Picture: Jon Hewson.

“We had our first call at 6.30pm and finished at 12am this morning.

“We had a few incidents including a TV antenna that fell down and damaged some tiles and a leaky ceiling caused through blocked gutters.”

Mr Stickland said SES crews had a few calls in Falcon and Erskine this morning where strong winds prevailed.

“We’ve had a couple of calls today and cleanup,” he said.

“We had a lady’s door blow in the wind today and we fixed that – we’ve actually held together really well.”

Silver Sands. Picture: Jon Hewson.

A Department of Fires and Emergency Services (DFES) spokeswoman said in the last 24 hours the south metro coastal area, spanning from Mandurah, Rockingham, Cockburn and Melville, experienced 23 DFES reports in total.

“A property in Wannanup had its glass door blown off its hinges, a pergola was lifted and blown in to the fence of a neighbouring yard in Safety Bay and sheets were blown off a roof in Port Kennedy,” she said.

“ A tin on a large shed roof came loose and was in danger of blowing off in East Fremantle and a patio that was attached to a main building in Kardinya collapsed.”

The DFES spokeswoman said no one was reported injured during the storm.