28/11/2012 - 11:59

Wild weather ripping off roofs, closing roads

28/11/2012 - 11:59


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Wild weather ripping off roofs, closing roads
The damaged section of the Terrace Hotel's roof.

Wild weather has caused havoc in central Perth, with the roof partially blown off a newly opened $20 million hotel and trees felled by high winds in the central business district.

The Terrace Hotel on St George's Terrace was opened with great fanfare earlier this month in a restored heritage building offering 15 luxury rooms at a cost of nearly $500 per night.

The unseasonal storm that swept through the city lifted off part of the hotel's roof lining and dislodged a chimney, sending rubble onto a pedestrian walkway below.

Police and emergency services were quickly on hand to cordon off the area, as glass and brick fell on the street below.

Fallen trees were also causing traffic disruption in the city centre and West Perth, and around 27,000 customers in the metropolitan area were left without power.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services was warning residents of dangerous thunderstorms - featuring damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rain - headed for Esperance, Norseman, Laverton, Warburton and Eucla. 

Surf Lifesaving WA closed Cottelsoe Beach because of dangerous conditions, and two boats were blown ashore in Bunbury.

Western Power later said more than 27,000 customers had lost power during the storm, with outages affecting people in Balcatta, North Beach-Karrinyup, Bibra Lake, Yokine, Wanneroo, Kalamunda, Wangara and South Bullsbrook in the metropolitan area.

The power supplier said strong winds had flung debris and branches into powerlines, with more than 55 hazards reported on the network.

The storm also caused damage to parts of the regional network, with customers in Australind, Dandaragan and Narrogin experiencing outages last night and today.

More photographs of the damage can be seen below:



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