Wild storm on Tuesday night 5-6 May causes beach erosion at Floreat

The wild storm overnight on 5-6 May 2020 brought very strong winds and a westerly swell with significant seas. Swanbourne weather station recorded gusts over 90 kmh. The 60m stretch of beach last week-end is now under water and our mounds along the front of the dunes are gone. However, our fences were intact and the photos show what’s left and how the ocean waves have washed past the fences and removed some of the sand built up over summer. It is tempting fate to hope this was the worst of the winter’s weather with another 5 or 6 months of wintry weather to come. We can only hope!  However, we have achieved very good plant survival since the 2019 plantings and all that is needed for 2020 is to improve species diversification if we can obtain appropriate plants and provided the ocean co-operates!