West Australians are being warned a storm that has flooded streets and ripped the roof of a home in the state’s south is far from over.
Damaging winds and heavy rain are expected to continue until at least Tuesday night, driven by the strongest cold front of the year.
‘My message today is don’t become complacent,’ Department of Fire and Emergency Services duty assistant commissioner Danny Mosconi told reporters on Monday.
‘This event will continue throughout tomorrow with periods of strong winds and heavy rain.’
While less intense than the storm that drenched Perth and surrounding regions on Friday, this more prolonged system has still kept authorities busy.
Emergency services have received just over 100 calls and 59 requests for assistance since early on Monday, mostly for flooding and roof damage.
A home in the coastal town of Eagle Bay, 256km south of Perth, had its entire roof torn off by what locals described as a ‘tornado’.
Cameron Alder told ABC local radio he and his two boys, aged eight and 10, had been sleeping when the ‘terrifying’ storm ripped through the house.
The Bureau of Meteorology said it was still investigating whether there had been a mini-tornado but confirmed destructive winds had damaged several homes.
It said wind gusts of more than 90km/h had been recorded at Rottnest Island, Busselton Jetty and Cape Leeuwin.
Most of the calls for assistance were in the Perth metropolitan area despite periods of reprieve between the wind and rain.
It comes after authorities urged people to sandbag their homes if they had experienced flooding during Friday’s storm.
‘We think because of the actions the public took, we’ve received less requests,’ Mr Mosconi said.
Almost 700 homes were without power on Monday afternoon in suburbs including Lower Chittering, Koondoola and Belmont.
Damaging wind gusts of more than 100km/h have been forecast for a warning area spanning from Lancelin, 125km north of Perth, to Bremer Bay, about 500km southeast of Perth, including Perth, Narrogin and Katanning.