Kalbarri — one of WA’s most popular holiday spots — resembles a war zone after cyclone Seroja left a trail of carnage through WA’s Mid West. There are fears hundreds of properties in Kalbarri have been destroyed or badly damaged. It’s still too early for authorities to provide a complete picture of the total damage, but aerial footage showed dozens of homes and business left without roofs or completely destroyed. Kalbarri glazier Stephen Wiseman, and his upstairs neighbour John Schleischer, who built the duplex before he retired, spent this morning picking up the rubble of his kitchen and was grateful to be alive. He was about to make a cup of tea when the winds shattered his living room windows, sending shards of glass flying through the kitchen where he ducked for cover under the front counter. Daniel Read-Evans sheltered downstairs with his wife, Diana, their 14-week-old son, Andre, his mother, Felicity and his uncle Paul as his childhood home was ripped apart. Kalbarri single mother-of-two Rebecca Bond sheltered under a mattress in her bathtub with her two young children. When it was safe to emerge, she found the ceiling had collapsed. “It was scary as hell,” Kate Swenson, another local, said. “We moved to the hall once we lost power, moved to the kids room under a bunk then decided to evacuate in the full storm as the roof and ceiling were going fast. “Running through the cyclone with tin sheets and trees flying around and about half a metre visibility was insane.” Pelican Shores Holiday Park manager Juanita Illingworth said the beachside resort would probably have to be demolished. Mark McGowan, who will visit Kalbarri on Tuesday, said up to 70 per cent of the town’s buildings had some damage. About 40 per cent of those were categorised as major damage, including total loss. Sewerage and telephone infrastructure was also damaged. Thankfully, no deaths or major injuries were recorded when Seroja made landfall south of Kalbarri about 8pm on Sunday as a category three cyclone. “This is heartbreaking, all West Australians are thinking of those people who've been affected,” the Premier said. “We're all with you. The next few days, however, will be very, very tough, and we will get through this.” Northampton, about 50km north of Geraldton, was another of the worst hit areas. Its hospital and police station were badly damaged. The fast-moving cyclone also ripped apart Carnarvon’s historic One Mile Jetty, damaged the Big River Ranch at Kalbarri and ripped off a roof at Monkey Mia Resort. About 31,500 properties were still without power last night, including in Geraldton, Kalbarri, Northampton, Dongara, Port Denison and Mullewa. Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said it would be “days” before electricity was restored to some areas. Mr McGowan said he had been in touch with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and a disaster relief fund would be activated. He said the last cyclone to hit so far south was Alby in 1978. The Commonwealth has approved a request from the State Government for the Australian Defence Force to help with the recovery effort. A C-130J Hercules aircraft will today transport storm damage and rapid assessment teams to assist with evacuations and to transport supplies, including food, water and generators. The Army Reserve 13th Brigade is also providing support out of Geraldton. Kalbarri SES local manager Steve Cable said the town had been “crunched” by the fast-moving cyclone. “We’re all operating on only about two hours sleep but we have a job to do and this is why we volunteer,” he said. Black Rock cafe owner Laurena Richards said the cyclone had “devastated” the local businesses. “We have no roof, our tables and chairs are scattered out in the nearby carpark,” she said. “All the business along the river edge — they have not fared well at all.” Across the road, a boat and canoe hire business has also “lost nearly everything”, but Ms Richards said locals had already started to roll up their sleeves and piece together what is left of their livelihoods. “Yes it’s devastating and it will take a long time for us to recover ... but we will survive, we will carry on.” Anyone who needs financial assistance or crisis accommodation can ring the Disaster Response Hotline on 1800 032 965.