Wild Weather Hits Western Australia
A severe storm packed with wild winds and heavy rain has hit Perth, causing massive flooding and power outages in the capital of Western Australia.
The wild weather triggered wild winds with a speed of more than 100km/h, causing downed power lines that affected 60,000 households.
In the bustling streets of the metropolitan area, the storm affected around 50,000 customers. Some were stranded as roads became flooded. And, around 5000 households are without power.
Suburbs are affected around the metropolitan area including Helena Valley, Yanchep, Bibra Lake and Rockingham. Australind and Eneabba were considered to be the most significantly impacted in regional areas.
Severe Storm Causing Mass Flooding
Heavy rain also caused mass flooding in Perth.
According to the local authorities, the following major roads have been flooded: Cedric Street at Mitchell Freeway in Stirling, Riverside Drive, Great Eastern Highway bypass at Abernethy Road in Hazelmere, the Kwinana Freeway northbound from Canning Highway to Narrows Bridge, Great Eastern Highway westbound near Wellard Road in Mahogany Creek and Roe Highway southbound off-ramp to Berkshire Road in Kalamunda.
The heavy rain started around 5:30am on Saturday in Perth and the South West as well.
Wind Gusts Hammer Perth
The storm caused strong winds to hammer the capital of Western Australia. In fact, the strongest wind gust lashed Gooseberry Hill at 10.54am with a recorded power of 111km/h.
Strong winds with a speed of 100km/h or more hammered Cape Leeuwin, Rottnest Island, Cape Naturaliste, Ocean Reef and Melville.
Emergency Services Respond to Calls
The severe weather caused residents to call for help. Thanks go to the State Emergency Service which was ready to respond to any call of distress.
The emergency services received about 160 calls in several areas across the metropolitan area including Parmelia, Canning Vale, South Yunderup and Balga.
In addition, Fremantle Sea Rescue and WA Police are responding to multiple vessels adrift in the Swan River.
Warnings of Severe Weather Continues
As a cold front was expected to hit Western Australia, forecasters continue to issue a severe weather warning for wild winds, heavy rain and high tides in places like the Goldfields, Central West, Lower West, South West, South East Coastal, South Coastal, Central Wheatbelt and Great Southern.