Further to comments in this thread, here’s a spot to talk about the storm. The storm follows over four months without rain in Perth.
There is a lot of damage across the city, and more to come. One university library is underwater, cars and roofs are ruined, and the public transport system seems to have completely broken down.
Hope all the Perthites are safe, off the roads, and not too far underwater.
Updates from WA Today [which also has a photo gallery]:
The biggest storm to hit Perth in 50 years has caused massive destruction across the city.
Within a couple of hours of the storm passing through, more than 150,000 homes were without power, residents flooded Fire and Emergency Services helplines desperate for assistance, road were underwater and traffic in some areas was at a standstill. Almost 100 sets of traffic lights were out and planes stranded at both Perth airports.
The State Emergency Service has had reports of major structural damage to several major hospitals and aged care facilities, and these cases were the priority at this stage.
Further updates in comments – add your own. The twitter tag to follow is #perthstorm, and the Facebook group to follow is I survived the Great Storm of Perth 22/3/2010, already at over 12 000 members.
This photo is from Podblack’s place – the Education, Fine Arts and Architecture library, which includes out-of-print books and folios.