March 23rd, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Freak storm causes flooding, landslides in Australia

Workers try to repair part of a home after an uprooted tree slammed into it in Perth, Australia.

Severe thunderstorms that struck Western Australia caused flooding, landslides and wind damage that will amount to tens of millions of dollars, Premier Colin Barnett said Tuesday.

More than 30 schools in the Perth area suffered damage including flooding, collapsed ceilings and shattered windows and there was significant damage done to several hospitals, the state Fire and Emergency Services Authority said in a statement.

More than 50,000 people were without power Tuesday, the authority said, with power to 100,000 customers restored since the storms hit.

“This incident is going to cost the State, tens of millions of dollars to repair buildings, restore power lines,” Barnett said in a statement. The government would provide disaster assistance, he said.

The freak thunderstorms in Perth, Australia also sparked a slew of landslides.

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority reported more than 2,000 calls for help since the storm hit.

“The majority of calls have involved water damage to homes, hail damage, damage to roofs and fallen trees on homes, cars and fences,” the agency said in a statement.

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  1. JTT

    Hakeem- it's your doom too. Just thought I should throw that out there.

    March 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RP

    Someone put Hakeem on a terrorist watch list....

    March 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JF

    Uhhm – there have been all kinds of floods and major volcanic eruptions for thousands of years -fact of history for those who believe in history (and before DuPont even existed) _ i agree JTT – all these problems are new? and BOB thanks for the sarcasm – because that is all that is happening – it is not a perfect world and has never been so – SO actually it's the US Govt's special weather machine's doing it – after all The US and Australia are in a war for supremacy of their hemispheres, they just have not got their poop together yet- anyone notice that Cuba got hit by an earthquake a couple days ago? – The US gov't is just "fine-tuning" it's "weather weapon" after Haiti and Chile were accidentally hit (they were aiming for Cuba and Venezuela after all) – AL GORE IS GOD – just ask him

    March 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Musemistress of Perth

    Hey there. Yes I'm from the Perth that is spoken about in the article and yes the damage is rocketing in the tens of millions of dollars. The reason for this is coz the majority of the damage was caused to the Central Business District, schools in that area, hospitals and even the airport roof caving in over the baggage collection along with a shopping mall or two flooded out. UWA (University of West Australia) had one of its libraries flooded about 5 foot, complete washout and structural integrity compromised as well as losing their old stained glass windows to golfball hailstones.

    The landslide was in a rich area near a place called Jacob's Ladder, a popular stair running up the side of a hill to bushland used by joggers every day, the mud simply poured into the lower lvl apartments there and made the hill further unstable due to structures on it now being compromised.

    With trees being torn up, hailstones flying sideways as as big as golfballs as said before, many houses got flooded, cars were totalled and so much rain fell that the drains couldn't cope. Even our Swan River that flows out to bloody sea OVERFLOWED onto the southbound freeway with surges washing over the cars that were stuck for miles out. This whole storm happened during peak hour while thousands of people were trying to get home, even some traintracks at stations in lower parts were flooded.

    Personally, I live in the south of the CBD, about 20 minutes down and we escaped the worst of it. Getting only heavy hail but not as much wind, though my backyard flooded and it crept under the doors a bit. This kind of storm though happens to us once or twice every 20 years. We don't blame Global Warming, we call it a Cloud Burst. It often happens after a long hot and dry spell and when the cooler air starst coming in round this time of year to collide with the radiating heat from the land below and BANG, superstorm.

    This particular storm was REAL bad coz it hit the CBD directly and so many people were caught in it. It also comes after a couple of years of fires near Jacob's Ladder and the soil is definitely unable to hold itself togather, plus our dry spell was longer this time round and so water refused to soak into the ground (we live on sand. It only soaks in if its had time to get wet a few times before). Hope this clears up any disputes. Ciao 🙂

    March 24, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. WyldKat...Perth West Aust

    It was a pretty freaky storm to be in the middle of. We were all outside watching the wind rattle the trees around us, and the torrential rain that came with it. The lightning was all around us, and we counted over 40 srikes in one minute. We have'nt had more than 0.2mm of rain in over 100days, but not quite the drought breaker we were expecting here.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. jesus

    Global climate change works on cyclical basis, it in no way even suggests climate change caused by man made events, if some of the climate sceptics where around 100,000 years ago when an ice age hit who would they blame it on then.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tim

    People, people. I live in Perth. This was a storm, pure and simple. As much an act of God as the sunshine which followed it. No one died. Things today are getting back to normal. Moral crusaders...remember " Judge not lest ye be judged.." Tree huggers..." I admire your passion, but go save a whale..they need your help.
    To those with genuine compassion and not seeking to latch on to anything natural and normal for self gratification...Thank you.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. jessy Cadenas

    All the countries need to work together against global warning!!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ex

    Problem is, far too many people on our earth. The earth cannot take much more..... When will man learn?

    March 25, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michael Dennis Stagg

    Ah well another set of people living under a soil slip ? Normal life for the past known 2000 years. Tony Robinson villagers love and sell mud. You have to appreciate it. Dig out chicken runs, good experience when young. Compacted sewage soils. The Black Cat will help as he gets his nose pecked.

    March 29, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Eric A.

    i see high flying jets everyday going back and forth that leave LONG WHITE TRAILS
    that DO NOT DISAPPEAR rather spread out to make the sky WHITE?

    OKLAHOMA CITY 8 inches in 1 day?
    funny thing they were spraying really heave 4-5 days prior here on the westcoast of USA

    google CHEM TRAILS?

    Contrails last only a few minutes, this is what the airforce claim they are

    also they can POISON THE POPULATION

    they can also SEE 3 D on the Battlefield by using the barium in the sky to reflect images

    this may sound strange to you but not to me

    THE IRS is really a private corportation of puerto rico
    THE US never landed on the moon that was a hoax too

    and the world trade center?
    think that was the officall story? why no dead bodies found from ANY PLANES
    at the pentagon or shanksville

    only a floating passport of the terrorist?

    AMERICANS ARE THIS STUPID to believe the DAILY nonsense

    June 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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