Front brings storm damage

More than 1500 homes in suburbs such as Kinross and Greenwood lost power after a cold front hit Perth and the South-West.

The WA Bureau of Meteorology recorded wind gusts of 94km/h at Ocean Reef, with the strongest gusts of 109km/h at Cape Leeuwin.

Local SES volunteers responded to 11 calls in Mullaloo, Hillarys, Duncraig, Koondoola, Girrawheen and Greenwood.

Duty team leader Ken Dewhirst said the biggest job was removing a tree, which had fallen on a Girrawheen home.

‘It was a huge tree but only one tile was damaged,’ he said.

‘It took us five hours to remove with help from the City of Wanneroo.

‘Other calls were for roofs coming off or lifting and windows pushed in ” the fallen tree was our biggest job.’

Western Power crews worked through Wednesday and Thursday nights to repair faults, mostly caused by tree branches falling on powerlines.

At the peak, about 4000 customers were without electricity, particularly in the South-West, including Manjimup and Pemberton.

Bureau of Meteorology climate-weather information officer John Relf said Perth was off to a great start for its winter rainfall.

‘We have 87.6mm of rain in the gauge so far this month compared to last year when we struggled to get 49mm for the whole month,’ he said.

‘We had 43.6mm overnight from May 7-8 and 22.8mm from May 8-9.

‘The 43.6mm was the wettest May day for eight years, so it’s a really great start.’