Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Tornado Mayhem

In the early hours of this morning a front went through with strong winds (forecast 125km/hr!) and heavy rain. But this is winter and you have to expect that. However there was a strip from Quindalup (near Elmore Road), to the Quindalup Siding Road, and from there along the Vasse Yallingup Siding Road, and down Chain Avenue to Carbanup that got hit by an extraordinary storm. You can see by these photos that this was an exceptional wind event. It was fortunate that most of this area is farmland, and very few houses were hit directly. We saw one house in Quindalup that had lost its roof and another in Old Dunsborough that had been damaged by a large tree falling on it. The damage shown in these photos is only a few km from where we live, and we were unaware that the storm had been so bad.

Old Dunsborough

Marri trees in carpark in Old Dunsborough foreshore


Old Dunsborough Carpark

Old Dunsborough Carpark


Old Dunsborough Car Park (near toilets)

Old Dunsborough Car Park (near toilets)


Vasse Yallingup Siding Road (near Chain Avenue)

Vasse Yallingup Siding Road (near Chain Avenue)


Vasse Yallingup Siding Road

Vasse Yallingup Siding Road


Chain Avenue 1st image

Chain Avenue 1st image


Chain Avenue (2nd image)

Chain Avenue (2nd image)


Chain Avenue (3rd image)

Chain Avenue (3rd image)


When these photos were taken the local Shire had been working for hours and in places had only managed to clear a single lane by pushing the trees off the road. It is clear that it was very fortunate this happened in the early hours of the morning, and no-one was driving on these roads at the time. If there had been I doubt they would have survived.

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6 responses

  1. You copped the wind down there Ian.

    We had no wind but 20mm of nice steady rain …perfect.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    • That was quick.

      We have only just got power back and you can see why. We thought it had been quite mild (we only lost one tree which is not bad for a winter storm) and I don’t think we got more than around 20mm of rain. But this morning we were told that the Shire were working to clear the roads and reopen them. One house in Quindalup lost its roof, and there were many trees badly damaged. However Chain Avenue towards Carbanup was where the main damage was.

      Good to hear you got some good rain though.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

  2. WOW – unbelievable seeing some of those trees down… What a shame – beautiful old trees – great photo’s too though 🙂

    June 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    • There were places where almost every single tree was damaged. Most of them were substantial Marri trees with trunks up to a metre in diameter. Its nice to have power back though.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

  3. Wow what a trail of destruction, well captured..

    June 30, 2011 at 8:42 am

    • Thanks Peta. I have never seen anything like that before.

      June 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

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