Published on : Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Perth is expected to witness some thunderstorms on Monday afternoon but not like the wild weather that struck the South West and metropolitan area on Sunday night. The thunderstorms are expected to last into Monday evening with chances of heavy rain falls in the affected area.
Hopefully, the showers should clear by Tuesday morning.
Western Power said more than 400 homes in the South West are still without power at 2pm. The wild weather blacked out 20,000 homes in Perth and the South West on Sundy night, with power to the metropolitan area restored by 9am. Western Power worked through the night to restore power to homes.
The storm, which also hit Perth around 10pm on Sunday, ripped a cargo ship, the AAL Fremantle, from its mooring. The ship subsequently collided with the Fremantle rail bridge.
Trains were cancelled between Fremantle and North Fremantle and the bridge will be closed until engineers can assess the damage.
The strong winds also caused another vessel to lose its moorings in Fremantle Harbour. Both ships were secured by police just after 3am on Monday.
The severe thunderstorm saw winds up to 120km/h recorded at Busselton Jetty and the State Emergency Services (SES) was called to several homes in South West, where buildings were damaged by the storm.
More than 2000 homes remained without power on Monday morning.
The SES received 58 calls from Perth city to the South West, with the majority of the calls involving damage to homes, roofs and fallen trees.
There is still a chance of a thunderstorm in Perth and the Wheatbelt this afternoon, but a severe thunderstorm forecast for the Wheatbelt has been cancelled.
The Bureau of Meteorology said, “Although thunderstorms will continue through this area today, they are no longer expected to be severe.”