Western Australia battered by 'once-in-a-decade' storm

Carla Harmon
May 25, 2020

The unusually late storm is the result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Mangga interacting with a cold front.

"Some wild weather has affected large parts of WA, causing widespread damage and large scale power outages".

Around 18,000 properties were reported to be without power across the state as the storm struck in the early afternoon.

"It's like whac-a-mole at the moment, unfortunately", Western Power spokesman Paul Entwistle told 6PR radio on Monday.

Emergency services have responded to more than 420 calls for help across WA, with the majority coming from Perth.

"Somehow a shed from around the area has been picked up and thrown into one of our sub stations in Kalgoorlie, so that's 15,000 customers now off the grid due to a shed wrapping itself around infrastructure inside the sub station, near Picadilly".

High winds blew apart a house in Geraldton, blew off roofs and damaged shops as well as bringing down trees and power lines.

Campbell Primary School in Canningvale was also hit hard.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the severe weather warning for the Pilbara, Gascoyne, northern Goldfields and Eucla districts has now been cancelled after some parts were thumped on Sunday.

Even Perth's famous boatshed, a popular social media snap on Instagram, is going underwater, with its jetty already submerged.

These were the details of the news Western Australia state hit by "once-in-a-decade" storm for this day.

The entire town of Margaret River, a popular tourist destination about 240km south of Perth and home to 8,000 people, lost power.

Unsafe winds averaging 90km/h, with peak gusts of about 130km/h, are possible from Bunbury to Albany but will ease later on Monday.

Wind gusts of up to 132 kilometres per hour have been recorded at Cape Leeuwin, about 300 kilometres south of Perth.

Residents in coastal areas from as far north as Exmouth and south to Augusta are specifically warned of the potential of a risky storm tide.

"Those conditions are moving southward and are expected to hit Perth later today", said Bureau of Meteorology WA state manager James Ashley.

Many areas along the west coast have recorded their highest tides of the year.

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