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Shed Vendor Warns Perth Residents: Don't Get Complacent about Tropical Storms

Action Sheds Australia reveals what Perth residents can do to protect their businesses and belongings.

Perth, WA, May 21, 2013 - Cyclone season 2012-13 came and went without much effect on the Perth area. Port Hedland, to the north, and Queensland would bear the brunt of this season's most severe weather. Perth would be threatened a couple of times, but for the most part, the Perth area would emerge unscathed by tropical storms.

During the 2012-13 season, four tropical cyclones had a chance of affecting Perth. Ironically enough, none would affect Perth as much as the 7th-8th May storm that wasn't even included in tropical storm ratings.

Mitchell was first, forming on 27th December. Mitchell would produce winds as high as 75 km/h, but stayed to the west of WA, and didn't affect the mainland at all. Narelle, though, would be a different story, entering TCWC Perth's domain on 9th January.

Narelle was predicted by some models to make landfall in WA, but never did. It would, however, bring belts of wind and rain into the wheatbelt. Exmouth had 76 mm of rainfall, and Karlgarin would see wind gusts as high as 90 km/h. This would tear the roofs off of eight buildings. A suspected tornado hit Capel and cut through a 400 m wide swath of trees. Perth would only receive a bit of rain and their warmest January in more than two decades.

Port Hedland and much of Western Pilbara would see two tropical cyclones in a little over a month. Tropical Cyclone Peta made landfall near Point Samson, causing shipping to be closed in Port Hedland on 22nd January. 261.6 mm of rain fell in Hooley Station, adding 28 billion litres of water, or 40% of its capacity, to the Harding Dam.

Severe Tropical Storm Rusty was next, making landfall a mere 100 km to the east of Port Hedland. Port Hedland saw 39 straight hours of winds recorded at gale force, with gusts as high as 199 km/h. Pardoo Station would subsequently report 482.5 mm of rain, with other stations reporting as much as 300 mm of rainfall.

Though Perth was not affected by tropical storms, it did see a very heavy system or rain and high winds on 7th-8th May. 53.4 mm of rain fell in Perth, while some suburbs saw up to 100 mm of rain. Some areas saw winds as high as 100 km/h.

Max Italiano, owner of Action Sheds Australia, was happy to see a relatively calm year, but sounded a note of caution: “I am happy that we had such a quiet cyclone season, but I don't think for an instant that it means we aren't at risk for a direct hit in the future. We have been very fortunate in Perth. For the most part, it looks like we are almost sheltered from tropical cyclones due to where they usually form and how they usually move. But there is no guarantee that we won't get hammered like Port Hedland did this year.”

Italiano continued, “Most houses are built to withstand cyclonic winds, but your sheds also must be able to withstand severe weather. ShedSafe certification guarantees that we have the know-how to provide you with the right shed for the right area, but why not go one step further with cyclonic sheds?”

Italiano concluded, “Don't let your shed or its contents become projectiles in severe weather.”

Action Sheds Australia provides cyclonic sheds to Perth and surrounding areas, for both residential and commercial use. For more information, please call 1300 778 628 or visit their website: http://www.actionsheds.com.au/