Wild wind and waves batter the coastline

MITCHELL WOODCOCKBunbury Herald

Wild winds of more than 100kmh and swell up to seven metres hit Bunbury yesterday as it faced a severe cold front which swept across the lower coast of WA.

A severe weather warning was issued for the South West and Perth, with waves of more than 5m hitting the coast and heavy rain falling throughout the day.

A warning over damaging winds was given to the area of Bunbury to Bremer Bay, as Perth was hit in the early afternoon.

A section of Victoria Street was closed to cars and pedestrians for a number of hours in the morning by police, firefighters and SES volunteers with part of Trafalgars Hotel’s roof coming away because of the winds.

Workers were unable to safely secure the metal sheeting and it was thrown to the other side of the building where no one was injured and little damage was caused.

Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Neil Bennett said the storm was caused by a cold front moving north.

“It is attached to a deep low pressure system which is south of the State, ” Mr Bennett said.

“The storm should ease on Tuesday as the front moves to the east, but it will become noticeably cooler.”

Bunbury SES had only one call in the morning, with little damage to houses and property.

Bunbury experienced only 24mm of rain up until 9am yesterday, but Worsley Downs had a downpour of 72mm at the weekend.

Bunbury is predicted to get a shower or two today, before clearing up tomorrow and then light showers are expected later in the week.

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