What a drive home yesterday afternoon, here’s the photos and tweets I posted.
I was caught in a huge storm over Perth. Drove half of the way and sailed the rest. Streets were flooded all over the place and with the lightning going crazy many intersections were without power. Arrived home safely (thanks for opening the shed @Mrs_RB!), thankfully our home was in good shape. Seeing as we pulled the power to most of the electrical equipment due to the lightning, our only source of communication was our mobile phones. Right when I was on the phone to a colleague the phone dropped out and it was a good while before I got reception again. At this point the weather was very calm outside. I thought I’d see if I could get the Perth Weather Radar up on my phone to see what the storm was doing, this is what I saw.
See that lovely clear bit in the middle? That’s where I was. See that crazy coloured bit above just covering Perth CBD? That come in about 20mins later, bringing with it more of the craziest weather I have ever seen in Perth. I also around this time got a MMS from the colleauge I was talking to earlier showing all the stained glassed windows at UWA’s heritage listed Winthrop Hall smashed. :(
Heading into work this morning things didn’t seem too badly affected near home. Lot’s of signs of flooding the streets and only a few tree branches down. It was slowly becoming apparent how badly hit UWA as the roads were littered with more and more debris the closer I got. Below are my photos of some of the areas around UWA.
Some more coverage of the Perth Storms around the Interwebs:
- Youtube: UWA ALVA Library Flooded
- ABC: Rain, hail, lightning – pictures from Perth’s severe storm check out the lightning hitting a crane in the CBD!
- 7 News: Nightly News 23/03/2010 check out the storm front rolling in at 1:13
- perthnow: Mudslide swamps luxury apartments
- perthnow: Gallery – Chaos as Storm Hits
- perthnow: Gallery – Perth counts cost of million-dollar storm
- Flicker matt.didcoe: UWA Storm
- Flickr tanarama: UWA Engineering Carpark and UWA James Oval
- IAAML Blog: Storm in Perth Yesterday awesome photo of the storm front rolling in
I hope everyone survived this crazy storm okay.