Wednesday’s downpour and a micro-downburst of wind prompted 24 calls for assistance, mostly from one stretch of street along Secret Harbour Boulevard.
Roofs were damaged, carports blown in and even windows smashed by the gusts. The Garden Island weather station recorded 13.4mm in the 24 hours from Tuesday 9am to Wednesday 9am.
Teams from Rockingham-Kwinana were out mopping up and securing properties from 2am, and were joined later in the day by four other teams including one each from Mandurah and Armadale.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said a number of large trees were blown down across Secret Harbour Boulevard and large branches had fallen in Nolin Way and Tuart Park reserves. The gazebo was also destroyed.
‘Up to 24 residences sustained wind damage from roof tiles coming loose and flying debris such as tiles and trampolines, which were picked up by the winds and broke roofs and windows,’ he said.
‘All damage to private properties needs to be reported to SES on 13 25 00 and trees or branches down on roads, verges or public land can be reported to the City on 9528 0333.’
SES unit manager Dave Beard said more wild weather was expected to hit today. ‘The best advice we can give is lock up your outdoor items and tie it all down,’ he said.