A passer-by used an axe to free a woman trapped in her car by a fallen branch amid a short but intense storm in Perth overnight.
- The SES attended more than 150 calls for help overnight
- Cars were crushed by falling trees as the storm hit during peak hour
- Some schools are closed today and power is being restored to homes
Emergency services were inundated with more than 150 calls for help in Perth alone, while the fire and rescue service attended 96 incidents.
Emergency workers mopped up damage through the night after the short-lived storm that blew the roofs off homes, blocked roads during peak-hour traffic with fallen trees and flash flooding, and knocked branches onto vehicles.
Uber driver Tanya Shields was on Abernathy Road in Lathlain when a falling tree stopped her car in its tracks.
“It was just a big crash onto the car, and the car roof has a window in it, so it made a big noise,” she said.
“But I’m lucky; no injuries, just the car damage.”
The large tree had ripped bricks and concrete out of the median strip when it was uprooted, and when Ms Shields tried to open her doors, she realised she was trapped.
A passer-by used an axe to free her from the vehicle.
Ms Shields said the car would be written off, but she was grateful she was insured.
Emergency services attended a number of other reports of fallen trees hitting cars, with a person reportedly trapped in Wembley, but nobody was seriously hurt.
Perth recorded 19 millimetres of rain between 4:30pm and 9:30pm.
Schools closed today after storm damage
According to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the main areas affected were East Victoria Park, Menora, Nollamara, Clarkson, Carlisle and Heathridge.
Over six hours authorities took 335 calls to triple-0 and 309 calls to the emergency assistance line related to storm damage.
The Department of Education said Somerly Primary School in Perth’s north would be closed on Wednesday while cleaning and repairs were carried out, after various classrooms were inundated with water.
Repairs were being organised at Lathlain Primary School and West Leederville Primary School where trees were brought down, a department spokeswoman said.
More rain on the way
Today is expected to be partly cloudy with up to 10mm of rain predicted and a top of 31 degrees Celsius.
The wet weather may continue through the week with storms predicted for Thursday and Friday, before easing on the weekend.
Wind gusts of 78 kilometres per hour were recorded in the Perth Hills at Gooseberry Hill.
Western Power restored electricity to 18,000 customers overnight but 8,000 remained without power this morning.
A severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for people in parts of the Central West and Central Wheatbelt districts.
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