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Storms strike southwest WA

Drew Casper-Richardson, Sunday October 22, 2017 - 11:43 EDT

A complex low pressure system has has brought widespread showers and thunderstorms to southwest WA overnight and into Sunday morning, storms producing more than 50,000 lightning strikes.

So far there have been widespread falls of 5-10mm over southwestern parts of WA with the heaviest falls occurring in the Great Southern, Southern Coastal and Southwest districts. As of 8am, Wandering, in the Great Southern, has picked up 20mm which is their highest daily October total in 12 years. In the Southern Coastal, Jacup's 11mm is their highest daily October fall in three years. Elsewhere, Narrogin has recorded 28mm, Margaret River 22mm, Mumballup 18mm, Newdegate 14m, Witchcliffe 11mm and Bunbury 10mm. Perth itself missed out on the bulk of the rain with just 0.6mm reaching the gauge in the city.

Some of the storms also brought strong winds with a 83km/h gust sweeping through Gooseberry Hill in Perth's eastern suburbs.

The low pressure system responsible for the wet weather is moving east, taking showers and storms with it. Perth and other places on southern parts on the west coast can expect a dry and mostly sunny day. Showers and storms will continue to move eastwards impacting the Central Wheat Belt, Great Southern the South Coastal and into the South East Coast. Widespread falls of 10-20mm are expected with some areas potentially receiving up to 30mm.

- Weatherzone

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