Perth weather: Hundreds of homes still without power after ‘twice-a-year’ storm passes through

Staff writersThe West Australian
Tree over power lines in Huntingdale.
Camera IconTree over power lines in Huntingdale. Credit: WA Incident alerts/WA Incident alerts

Trees were ripped from the ground and hundreds of homes are still without power after wild weather swept across Perth overnight.

State Emergency Services received 113 calls for help from across the State before 10pm Tuesday night, most for downed trees and damaged roofs as the “twice-a-year” storm passed through.

Stirling, Wanneroo and Joondalup were the hardest hit in metro area, while Australind and Morawa had suffered the most damage in regional WA.

Wind gusts of up to 109km/h were recorded at Cape Leeuwin at about 11pm last night, while Melville was hit with gusts of up to 96km/h, Rottnest was battered by 98km/h winds and Ocean Reef recorded 93km/h winds.

Family backyard shed is destroyed in Seville Grove after high impact winds knock out entire roof.
Camera IconFamily backyard shed is destroyed in Seville Grove after high impact winds knock out entire roof. Credit: WA Incident alerts/WA Incident alerts

Several powerlines were brought down across Perth on Tuesday night — at least half a dozen damaged by fallen trees.

Western Power worked through the night to restore power to thousands of impacted homes, however more than 200 homes are still in the dark.

Firefighters were called to a fallen power line that was sparking on the road along Grand Promenade in Bedford at about 8.45pm, while Carousel shopping centre in Cannington lost power about 7pm.

Pictures show emergency lights being activated to guide drivers out of the underground carpark.

Power out at Carousel shopping centre, Cannington.
Camera IconPower out at Carousel shopping centre, Cannington. Credit: WA Incident alerts/WA Incident alerts

A spokesperson for the Bureau of Meteorology said the full impact of the “unusual deep low pressure system” hit the Perth area about 8pm.

“We should see about 40-45mm of rainfall from the storm,” they said.

Wild weather continues to lash Perth this winter.
Camera IconWild weather continues to lash Perth this winter. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

This month the State has received a total of 35mm of rain — surpassing the average rainfall amount for October with two weeks still remaining. WA is on track to break the record for the wettest October on record, which was 96mm of rainfall in 1999.

This comes after the city fell just short of breaking its all time record for rainfall in July, when the total of 271.4mm fell 7.2mm short of the July 1995 record.

The severe weather warning has now been cancelled, however strong and gusty winds will persist along the south coast, easing throughout the day.

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