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Flying trampoline causes power cuts across Peel, thousands still without power after wet and windy night

UPDATE

Western Power has cancelled all planned works in the metropolitan and South West areas as crews work instead to restore power to homes.

Nineteen four-person crews have been dispatched to work on the most impacted areas, which in the South West include Ravenswood, South Yunderup, Myalup, Uduc, Harvey, Busselton, and Dunsborough.

Hocking, Wanneroo, Gnangara, Jandabup, Wangara, Forrestfield and Wattle Grove are among the hardest hit metropolitan suburbs.

At the peak of the storm approximately 55,000 homes were affected by power cuts, with 35,000 currently still experiencing outages.

EARLIER

A trampoline that flew into power lines overnight caused power outages to almost 6000 customers across Mandurah.

Almost 2000 homes are still without power on Wednesday morning as the first significant storm front since summer moves across the state.

Power cuts have been recorded in Mandurah, Greenfields, Coodanup and West Pinjarra.

More than 600 homes are without power in San Remo and Madora Bay and another 600 homes are without power in Falcon, Lake Clifton, Herron and Bouvard.

Further afield, electricity is also out in Dwellingup, Nanga Brook, Teesdale, Meelon, Blythewood, Coolup, Waroona, Lake Clifton, Wagerup and Yarloop.

Western Power spokesman Paul Entwistle said emergency crews were still responding to calls.

"There was at least one trampoline that was blown up into the power lines in Mandurah, that resulted in about 6,000 customers being out for a few hours," he said.

The restoration time for many suburbs is unknown, however, houses in Mandurah, Coodanup and San Remo are all expected to have power again by 11am.

Across the state, 39,000 customers are now affected by storm outages with 15,000 in the metro area and 24,000 in the southern part of the network.

Mandurah recorded winds up to 102 kilometres per hour overnight as the cold front lashed Western Australia bringing with it the kind of weather only seen in the South-West about twice a year.

The Mandurah SES answered 34 call outs last night and a further 13 this morning.

SES search and rescue member Bec Burns said it had been a wild and windy night in Mandurah and crews worked 12-hours shifts from 5pm to 5am to help locals.

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"We have had call outs for fallen trees on power lines which have been taken care of by Western Power, fallen trees on houses which we have taken care of using chainsaws, we have had patio sheets come loose which we have secured or taken off, shade clothes over pools ripped off which we have taken down, several windows smashed due to debris, trees fallen down on driveways," she said.

Across the state there have been more than 310 calls to emergency services for help since Tuesday morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the cold front system to contract to the south of WA by late Wednesday morning.

Until then, widespread winds are predicted, averaging 80 to 90 kilometres per hour with possible peak gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour that could cause significant damage to homes and property.

Higher than normal tides may cause flooding of low-lying coastal areas and damaging surf conditions may cause significant beach erosion on Wednesday morning.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services continue to monitor the situation.

For more information about the power outages, visit the Western Power website.

More to come.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.

IF DRIVING:

  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
  • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

  • Some roads may be closed.
  • Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500 for temporary repairs, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars.
  • In a life threatening situation, call 000.

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