A motorist caught in floods in the Perth Hills. Photo: Myles Nicholas/Facebook A fallen tree blocks East Parade in Perth. Photo: Nine News

SES volunteers were called out to around 70 homes in Perth which were damaged, or in danger of being flooded, as heavy rain and high winds lashed the city on Saturday morning.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said most of the calls had been for help with water damage.

“The majority of the calls were because of leaking roofs or to help with sand-bagging doors as people’s backyards began to flood,” she said.

An SES team was also sent to an address in North Fremantle following reports that the tin roof of a commercial property had been blown off in the high winds.

The storm hit around 6am and quickly brought down trees and power lines all over the Perth metropolitan area.

Western Power said more than 53,000 customers were cut off as the storm moved across the city.

“The most severely affected areas are Yanchep, Helena Valley, Rockngham and Bibra Lake,” spokesman Paul Entwistle said.

In regional areas around 4000 customers were cut off. Australind and Eneabba were hardest hit.

DFES said that several roads had been closed because of flooding, including Riverside Drive in both directions from Victoria Avenue to Barrack Street and Great Eastern Highway bypass in both directions at Abernethy Road, Hazelmere.

Flooding also closed Cedric Street in both directions at Mitchell Freeway in Stirling, Kwinana Freeway northbound from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge – left lane closed, Great Eastern Highway westbound near Wellard Road, Mahogany Creek and Roe Highway southbound off ramp to Berkshire Road, Kalamunda.

Police say several vessels broke their moorings in the storm. One yacht which broke its mooring near the Applecross foreshore drifted along the river and became wedged under the Canning Bridge.

Reports of damage and disruption were not limited to the Perth metropolitan area.

Power lines came down in Green Head and Australind, and in Victoria Street in Bunbury a tree was blown down and snapped power lines as it fell.

The DFES said the severe weather warning affected people who lived in or near Geraldton, Dalwallinu, Jurien Bay, York, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Albany, Katanning, Narrogin, Southern Cross and Esperance.

The strongest wind gust recorded up until 1pm on Saturday was 111 kmh at Gooseberry Hill.

Extremely heavy rainfall was recorded in several area. Nearly 56mm fell in Witchcliffe overnight and Bridgetown recorded 51.6mm.

Weather forecasters also warned that the stormy weather had caused dangerous surf conditions and were likely to result in beach erosion too. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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