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Perth storms, tornado damage homes and cut power to thousands

Tuesday July 15, 2014 - 11:21 EST
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A home in the southern Perth suburb of Hilton lost its roof in stormy weather, while there was significant damage to the neighbouring house. - ABC

A tornado has formed in a severe storm that damaged several homes and businesses in the Perth metropolitan area.

The storm front tore roofs off houses, and uprooted trees and power lines.

The southern suburbs of Hilton and O'Connor, as well as Claremont, received the brunt of the damage.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the conditions had resulted in a tornado forming in the suburb of O'Connor.



Western Power spokesman Brad Lacey said at the peak 12,000 homes were without power.

"Our crews are working through some trying conditions but we're managing to get people up and running, and we're hoping by the end of the day to have most people restored," he said.

"We've got wires on the ground due to trees falling, we've got parts of roofs sitting on lines, we've got poles which have been broken ... but we're confident we'll have everything back by this afternoon."

About 1,000 customers were still waiting for power to be reconnected about 4:00pm (AWST).

The weather bureau recorded wind gusts of more than 85 kilometres per hour in Perth, and winds of up to 120 kilometres an hour in Yallingup.

Steve Howarth said the storm ripped part of the roof off his Hilton home, exposing electrical wires.

"It was already windy and rainy, then there was an almighty bang and we're staring up at the rain," he said.

"A huge green flash, the power cables came down, then you could hear a pick up in the noise outside and it's just chaos.

"There's trees coming down, metal sheeting flying around, lots of banging. Incredible.

"We've lost a large portion of the roof, we've lost the front apex of the garage, the garage door was smashed in, there was debris flying around, tiles, metal sheeting, the warehouse, just about everything.

"The only thing intact were the windows."

About 1,000 properties were also without power in WA's South West during the storms.

Most of those affected were in Northcliffe, where 450 homes lost power.


- ABC

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