Australia weather warning: Huge hail storm hits – severe warning issued for tourists

Houses flooded and power lines were brought down by strong winds across Perth. Two separate incidents saw people trapped in their cars after trees fell across the city.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services in Perth issued a warning for the residents to take action ahead of the storm.

Strong winds from the north and lighting uprooted trees and blew the roofs away from buildings.

A wind gust of 126 kilometres per hour was recorded in Kalannie, the north-east of Perth.

Another gust of 106 kilometres per hour in Latham, also in the north-east of the city, was recorded.

Local police reported an individual who was trapped in a car after a tree collapsed onto them.

A second car was destroyed by an uprooted tree in Wembley, in the west of Perth.

Western Power, an electric utility company in Perth, said 18,000 homes and businesses were affected by power outages.

This was due to storm winds, heavy rain, and lighting that damaged poles and brought down power lines.

A spokesperson from Western Power told WAtoday that people should keep their distance from any fallen power lines.

They said: “We have mobilised extra fault crews to address a large number of hazard reports that are coming in and our priority is to make these hazards safe before we begin any restoration.”

Perth Airport had to suspend operations due to the weather conditions causing baggage handlers to be unable to work on the airfield as lighting struck around the aerodrome. Services at the airport are now back to normal.

Flash flooding caused traffic chaos when commuters tried to make their way home during peak time.

Perth’s train network was also severely affected by delayed services.

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The intense lightning sparked a tree fire in Melville, a suburb of Perth.

Several beaches in the city were also closed due to the intense nature of the winds and rainfall.

A weather warning still remains on the lower west of Perth along with the Central Wheat Belt and parts of Goldfield and Central West districts.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said some roads may be closed after the storm, cautioning drivers not to go through any water with unknown depth and current.

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