At least 50,000 homes are without power tonight as high winds smash the city.
Damage and calls for help extend from the Pilbara to Augusta, as two sets of weather systems combine to create a super storm stretching across the entire west coast.
Western Power crews were working to restore power to thousands of customers as winds bring down powerlines and trees.
Dozens of Perth suburbs are blacked out tonight and entire towns are without electricity, including almost all of Margaret River.
Update: ABC says some 60,000 homes are without power now
A severe weather warning has been published by the Weather Bureau of Western Australia:
deep low-pressure system is expected to pass near the southwest of the State tonight, and a tropical system will move over the NW Cape and weaken this evening.
WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are likely and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. DAMAGING WINDS are occurring in areas south of a line from Kalbarri to Onslow to Mount Magnet to Newdegate to Gnowangerup to Manjimup including Geraldton, Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton. DAMAGING WINDS will extend to remaining parts of the warning area by early Monday morning. Damaging winds are no longer expected over areas including Exmouth, Coral Bay, Carnarvon and Denham and the Severe Weather Warning is CANCELLED for these locations.
Locally DANGEROUS WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts of around 130 km/h are possible southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Bremer Bay, including Perth, Bunbury, Busselton and Albany. DANGEROUS WINDS could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.
HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible near a line from Onslow to Kalbarri with isolated rainfall totals to around 100mm. Moderate to heavy rainfall may also occur southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Walpole with isolated rainfall totals to around 60mm, easing during Monday.
Residents in coastal areas between Kalbarri and Augusta are specifically warned of the POTENTIAL OF A DANGEROUS STORM TIDE, extending to Albany during Monday. Tides are likely to rise SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TIDE MARK with DAMAGING WAVES and DANGEROUS FLOODING.
DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION. DAMAGING SURF is expected to continue for coastal parts between Denham and Israelite Bay into Tuesday.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Kalgoorlie, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Meekatharra, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Mount Magnet, Narrogin, Norseman, Northam, Onslow and Perth.
The following severe wind gusts have been recorded:
117 km/h at Gooseberry hill at 3:33pm AWST.
117 km/h at Cape Naturaliste at 5:52pm AWST.
113 km/h at Geraldton Airport at 1:23pm AWST.
111 km/h at Rottnest Island at 6:37pm AWST.
109 km/h at North Island (offshore from Geraldton) at 2:05pm AWST.
104 km/h at Busselton Jetty at 7:13pm AWST.
98 km/h at Badgingarra Research Station at 2:37pm AWST.
98 km/h at Carnarvon Airport at 3:02pm AWST.
94 km/h at Perth Airport at 3:34pm AWST.
91 km/h at Jandakot Airport at 3:44pm AWST.
Many locations have recorded tides exceeding their highest tides of the year.
This is a rare event for WA particularly due to the extent of the area affected and the possibility of multiple areas of dangerous weather.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
* Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
* Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.
* If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
* Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
* Assess your home, car and property for damage.
* If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
* If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:15 pm AWST Sunday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and Department of Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
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