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Fierce winds batter southwest WA

Bob Neil, Monday September 23, 2013 - 13:44 EST

It's been a blustery couple of days for southwestern parts of Western Australia, with wind gusts exceeding 100km/h in many areas, wreaking havoc in places such as Busselton and Bunbury.

Busselton Jetty recorded a maximum wind gust of 111km/h just after midnight. This is the fourth highest wind gust that the town has recorded in the last decade. This pales in comparison to a wind gust of 146km/h that was recorded at 11 o'clock last night at Cape Leeuwin.

The Perth and Bunbury areas have also been battered by gale force winds ranging from between 80-100km/h. Swanbourne was hit with wind gusts of 96km/h in the wee hours of the morning, followed closely by Jandakot, which recorded gusts of 89km/h. Bunbury just managed to achieve gale force winds of 81km/h.

The gusty conditions are the result of a series cold fronts passing over the South West Land Division. These fronts are also responsible for the rain the area has received in the last few days. Despite some places seeing their wettest September on record, this weather pattern is typical for this time of yea. That's unlikely to comfort residents who have sustained damage to their properties.

The fierce weather is likely to continue into tomorrow morning, and a severe weather warning for damaging winds is still in force for coastal regions between Bunbury and Esperance, though winds will ease by tomorrow afternoon.

The southwest will be hit by another couple of cold fronts around mid-week, bringing showers and more windy conditions, but these are expected to be weaker than those seen recently. Conditions are likely to clear by the end of the week.

- Weatherzone

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