Perth storm damages homes, brings down trees and causes peak-hour traffic chaos

| 26.02,20. 03:33 AM |

Perth storm damages homes, brings down trees and causes peak-hour traffic chaos


Photo: A woman in Wembley had a near miss when her car was crushed by a tree. (Supplied)


A severe thunderstorm has struck Perth and surrounding parts of Western Australia, bringing damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hail and causing chaos in peak-hour traffic.
The storm damaged properties, brought down power lines and ripped up trees, with a number of them falling on top of cars, but there were no reports of serious injuries.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning about 4:50pm on Tuesday, saying the bad weather could deliver flash flooding and large hailstones.
The warning covered an area stretching from Joondalup in the north to Rockingham in the south as the storm arrived quickly and with force, moving in over Perth's northern suburbs.
WA's State Emergency Service received more than 150 calls for help from 4:42pm onwards.
Morley Galleria shopping centre was hit when the ceiling gave way and water poured through a hole in the roof.
In the outer suburb of Mindarie, police said a floating car had to be pulled from floodwaters.
Emergency services were also called to Lathlain Primary School in the city's inner south-east to make the area safe following reports of a gas leak and downed powerlines nearby.
In the outer suburb of Mindarie, police said a floating car had to be pulled from floodwaters.
Emergency services were also called to Lathlain Primary School in the city's inner south-east to make the area safe following reports of a gas leak and downed powerlines nearby.
The weather warning for Perth was cancelled at 6:05pm, just over an hour after it was issued, as the storm moved south-east of the city and weakened on its journey inland.
A severe weather warning remained in place on Tuesday night for parts of the Central Wheatbelt and Goldfields regions.

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