Cold front and strong winds hit the Great Southern

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Strong winds caused this nearby awning to blow onto the roof
Camera IconStrong winds caused this nearby awning to blow onto the roof Credit: Jessica Cuthbert

A cold front hit the Great Southern this morning bringing thunderstorms, hail and strong winds with it.

At 7.44am winds reached up to 76km/h causing a nearby awing to come loose and land on the roof of the Ibis Styles Hotel on Albany Highway.

Hotel Manager, Adam Talbot
Camera IconHotel Manager, Adam Talbot Credit: IBIS STYLES

The SES were called to the hotel at 8.12am, it was the only call out for the region.

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Hotel manager Adam Talbot said luckily there was no significant damage caused by the winds.

“At around 8am this morning a storm passed through Albany which resulted in a shade from the nearby Albany Bowls Club falling onto the roof of the Ibis Styles Albany,” he said.

“We had some crazy weather this morning and we are lucky that no one was hurt and significant damaged wasn’t caused as a result.”

A DFES spokesperson said the SES had 14 call outs in the last 24 hours.

“These have all been low priority call outs for general property damage, fences and trees down, roof damages and minor flooding,” she said.

A severe weather warning is in place for the Great Southern, with winds and heavy rain potentially causing damage to property and hazardous road conditions.

Thunderstorms and showers may produce damaging winds to 100km/h that could cause damage to homes and property.

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