Wild weather hits Great Southern region with big swells at The Gap

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A big swell drew locals and tourists to the Gap.
Camera IconA big swell drew locals and tourists to the Gap. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A trail of destruction appeared across the Great Southern as the region endured a lashing from a series of strong cold fronts last week.

Wind gusts of 96km/h were recorded in Albany on Friday as State Emergency Service volunteers were called out to a home in Gledhow, where a patio was blown onto the roof of the house.

Mt Barker police urged motorists to avoid Martagallup Road, from Kendenup to Frankland River, because of fallen trees and powerlines.

SES volunteers were called to another home in Denmark on Sunday afternoon after a tree fell on the house.

Sunday’s heavy seas drew people to the coastline to see the wild weather in action, with swells reaching nearly 10m at 3.30pm. The wintry weather is being welcomed further inland as farmers receive much-needed rainfall at the start of their growing season.

From Thursday until the time of print, Albany had received 33mm of rainfall, Katanning 31.8mm, Narrogin 34.8mm and Lake Grace 14mm.

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