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Wettest day in five years: Parts of Australia battered by torrential rain


Perth has recorded its wettest day in more than five years, with downpours flooding homes, turning car parks into lakes and closing off sections of freeway.

Perth recorded 71.2 millimetres to 9am Monday morning, making it the wettest 24 hours since January 2018 and the wettest June day in 27 years.

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Roleystone recorded the most rain, with the weather gage filling with 92mm.

Photos captured from around Perth showed how icy hail peppered properties in Mandurah, FIFO workers waded through a flooded airport terminal and Harrisdale Bunnings became water sport central.

Sections of the freeway were closed off too, with water far too deep for cars to drive through.

Priscilla’s Harris described the shocking moment her Victoria Park home roof crumbled.

“I heard a bang — like a bomb was going off, to be honest,” she said.

“(It was) quite frightening — I was asleep and come out and just found it everywhere.”

A paddler takes advantage of rising water outside a Perth Bunnings store. Credit: 7NEWS
Priscilla’s Harris said her roof collapsing sounded like a bomb going off. Credit: 7NEWS

In Armadale, Alyce Carter-Edwards lost precious possessions belonging to her late grandfather.

“It’s kind of like losing him again,” she said.

SES crews were scrambling to manage the damage, with 313 call-outs before 8.30am.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned the “wet, windy, and wintry weather” would continue, with a severe weather warning still in place for damaging winds.

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Source: 7News