Emergency service crews from Bunbury are heading to Perth to help authorities deal with a backlog of calls for help after yesterday’s freak storm hit the city, causing widespread damage.
Five State Emergency Service crews will help in the clean up after the storm dumped heavy rain and hail on the city, smashing car windows, flooding roads and causing widespread power blackouts during peak hour traffic.
Emergency service personnel say it is the worst storm damage they have seen for 16 years.
Marisa Chapman from Western Power says more than 95,000 customers around the city remain without power.
She says it is one of the worst storms the city has seen.
“Certainly, the only one that would be close to an equivalent would be 1994, I think there were about 60,000 homes that were affected, but we had about half the population, so it’s a bit difficult to compare, but certainly it’s one of the worst storms that Western Power has faced,” she said.
The Fire and Emergency Services Authority says so far there has been no reported damage in the south-west.
However, a Bunbury man was lucky to escape injury after being struck by lightning.
The man, known as John, says lightning struck a calculator in his pocket.
“Just as I left the house I’ve never heard a crack of thunder like it in my life, I had this calculator in my pocket and it actually hit it and it jumped out of my bloody pocket,” he said.