Local News

Perth weather chaos leaves one dead, thousands without power

Photos: Tex Reeks

It’s been a wild night for Perth and a busy one for emergency services with wind and rain causing havoc on our roads and damage to property.

A man has been killed after slamming into a wall in Waikiki and a tree branch has wiped out powerlines leaving thousands without power in Mandurah.

The man was driving on Safety Bay Road when he lost control on the wet bitumen and crashed into a Waikiki property.

The man died as a result of his injuries.

Meanwhile, thousands were left without power in Mandurah after a large branch snapped off a tree and brought down power lines on Park Road.

About 12:30am, Western Power, police and firefighters rushed to the area to replace and restore power.

About 3000 property’s in the area were left without power.

Police closed a small stretch of Park Road between Reserve Drive and Tindale Street but have since reopened the route. 

About 400 customers in the vicinity of Park Road were still without power several hours after the incident happened.

“Power was restored the majority of those customers by 7.30am, with crews currently repairing the remaining section and hoping to be completed by lunch time,” a spokesman from Western Power said. 

“We ask that if people see a fallen powerline or damage to the network, to please stay eight metres away and make the safe call to us on 13 13 51.”

For more information and updates visit westernpower.com.au

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reeks' interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
Back to top button