Residents of a West Australian holiday town remain “shell-shocked” after Cyclone Seroja carved a trail of destruction through the area.
About 70 per cent of Kalbarri’s buildings were damaged when the cyclone slammed into WA’s Mid West coast on Sunday night.
Northampton, to Kalbarri’s south-east, also bore the brunt of the cyclone.
The manager of Kalbarri’s State Emergency Service, Steve Cable, described the storm as frightening and extremely intense.
He said many locals had been left feeling anxious.
“So now it’s just clean-up. It’s all about people,” he said.
“People … who have got no communications, no radio, no television, no mobile phones so people can’t even contact their loved ones, so there’s a lot of anxiety.”
Kalbarri is a popular holiday destination about 700 kilometres north of Perth.
Western Power’s Zane Christmas told ABC Radio Perth almost 30,000 properties were still without power.
“We’ve improved a little bit since yesterday … about a thousand came on yesterday afternoon around Mullewa, Moora and Three Springs.”