Thunderstorm hits Esperance

Thunderstorms hit Esperance, with roads blocked and property damaged.

Esperance State Emergency Services duty officer Jamie Saunders said the SES responded to severe damage to a property.

“The one we responded to was rather large, it was a tin roof had been lifted off and folded back, exposing all of their ceiling, causing all that to collapse as well,” Mr Saunders said.

The Esperance Shire announced Boydell Road was closed between Cascade Road and Dalyup Road, effective as of 27th February 2018 until further notice, due to flood damage.

A shire spokesperson said more roads would be inspected.

February 2018 has already more than doubled the average expected rainfall.

The region has received 59 ml of rainfall in February 2018, as of 8:45am, February 27, according to Esperance Bureau of Meteorology officer-in-charge Cliff Spencer.

This is more than double the February average of 24 ml.

Mr Spencer said this February was already 140 per cent above our average so far.

“From 9am yesterday up until [8:45am today] Cascade has had 43 ml, Grass Patch 30 ml, Mt Burdett 30 ml and Mt Howitt 25 ml,” he said.

“The majority of the thunderstorms passed to the north and north-east of Esperance, so they just skirted Esperance itself.”

The DFES issued severe thunderstorm warning for the Esperance region was cancelled at 10:37pm, Monday February 26.

Police did not need to respond to any storm related injuries last night, according to Esperance senior sergeant Jenny Sara.