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Widespread damage: Thousands without power as wild storm lashes Perth and southwest

A patio was ripped from the front of a Rockingham home on Monday. Photo: Tex Reeks.

Thousands have been left without power and reports of widespread damage as wild weather battered the suburbs between Perth and the southwest overnight.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services firefighters and SES teams responded to more than 170 calls for help since the weather brought wind gusts of up to 135hm/h from mid-Monday.

Rockingham and Mandurah seemed to cop the brunt on Monday afternoon with most of the calls coming from the area.

In Rockingham, the wind tore a carport patio off the front of a home, trees brought powerlines down and water ripped a gutter from a roof.

Mandurah and the South West saw flooding, roof damage and water damage.

Powerlines have been left damaged by flying debris overnight. Photo: Tex Reeks.

Western Power said there are multiple hazards throughout the suburbs, including trees across roads and powerlines down, which has left more than 21,000 properties without power.

“The majority of customers without power are in the Perth southern areas of Rockingham and Mandurah,” Western Power said.

“The damaging and destructive winds associated with the front have thrown debris, including tree branches, into the network damaging equipment.

“Our priority during the storm is responding to reported hazards to ensure the safety of the community and our crews. Repair work will be undertaken when safe.

A severe weather warning remain in place with wet and windy conditions expected to remain for most of Tuesday.

If you need assistance, contact:
000 for a life-threatening emergency
131 444 for police
132 500 State Emergency Services
13 13 51 Western Power hazard including downed powerlines and damage

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. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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