Hail, wind and a cracking lightning storm
Winds over 110km/h
Steve O Donnell
Mother nature gave Kalgoorlie Boulder and surrounds a magical display of lightning and force last night. A thunderstorm with several fronts smashed Kalgoorlie Boulder from after 5:30pm and continued until after 8pm. Hail was reported in Broadwood, Boulder, Mullingar and Somerville, Winds of 113km/h hitting Kalgoorlie Boulder weather station for around 7 minutes from 6:33 - 6:40pm.
DFES career firies were stretched attending a road crash on the corner of Boulder road and Roberts Street as well as incidents in Broadwood and Boulder in close succession.
Flights were affected to and from Kalgoorlie Boulder Virgin Australia managed to land before the storm hit, however the outbound Boeing was delayed until after 8:30pm, while QANTAS evening flight circled north west of Kalgoorlie Boulder for 40 mins before it returned to Perth. The flight has been delayed to this morning.
St Marys Primary School had their end of year concert and had the added mother nature show to keep them entertained. While exhibitors at Worthy Parts Industry Link Expo and Auction ducked for cover and protected their stalls as the wind and elements took hold.
Rain also brought caution to Great Eastern Highway near Coolgardie with Main Roads issuing a caution for water over the road, while a Bushfire which started from lightning earlier at around 4pm near Woolgangie was brought under control and an all clear issued overnight. Kurnalpi - Pinjin is closed to all traffic this morning.
Resident reported hail, rain and wind conditions that were at times for some a little too much, while others just enjoyed the show.
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