Unusual cyclone activity of the West Australian cost:
Blackouts, tornadoes as the storm before the storm lashes Western Australia
The latest modelling of the path of Cyclone Bianca, as at 5.45pm on Saturday, which shows it likely to cross the coast between Perth and Bunbury.
State Emergency Services volunteers have mobilised across WA as damaging storms swept through ahead of tropical Cyclone Bianca, which is due to cross the coast on Sunday.
The Fire and Emergency Services Authority reported that severe thunderstorms hit parts of metropolitan Perth and regional towns of Toodyay, Northam, York and Wongan Hills between 2.30 and 3.30pm today.
A FESA spokeswoman said heavy rain and strong wind had ripped the roofs off homes, and trees and powerlines had been brought down.
Because this is just another typical Australian summer:
York resident Tanya Richardson told radio 6PR many properties around her house had damage after the storm swept through
“We came inside the house and then with that trees just started uprooting and flying across the roof and sheds collapsing,” she said.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. It was really scary.”
Storm front passing over Clarkson, Perth:
The good news, Bianca has weakened to a category one:
Cyclone Bianca off the West Australian coast has been downgraded to category one but the weather bureau warns it may still impact on communities in the southwest of the state on Sunday.
The bureau says people can expect possible coastal erosion, flooding of low lying coastal areas, rough seas, damaging winds with gusts to 100 kilometres, very high to severe fire danger and south of Bunbury heavy rain with possible localised flooding.
A cyclone warning is current for coastal areas from Jurien Bay to Albany including Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury and Busselton.
The bureau says tides between Jurien Bay and Cape Naturaliste will be higher than normal.
Saturday afternoon’s storms caused damage in parts of Perth and regional towns to the east, including Toodyay, Northam, York and Wongan Hills.
Australia is the canary in the coal mine as far as climate change – we’ll be amongst the hardest hit “industrial” nations.
Please deniers – sceptics if you prefer – tell me there’s nothing to worry about. Better yet, tell yourself there is nothing to worry about.
The massive flooding and cyclones and extreme flooding, the worst locust plague in 30 years in Victoria – just a typical Australian summer.