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Thousands without power, roads closed after storm batters WA's south coast

Monday June 21, 2021 - 02:03 EST
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Damaging winds flattened trees and power lines across Albany and Denmark overnight. - ABC

A powerful storm has left a trail of destruction along Western Australia's south coast overnight with thousands of properties without power and towns cut off due to flooding damage.

More than 100mm of rain fell in some areas between Albany and Denmark and wind gusts of more than 100km/h felled trees and power lines between 6pm and 10pm.

About 9,000 properties are without power with the State Emergency Services responding to more than 100 call-outs overnight.

Both major roads between Albany and Denmark are closed due to severe damage.

A severe weather warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology with strong winds forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

Several vehicles were caught in floodwaters.

Roads washed away in storm

Main Roads WA Great Southern manager Andrew Duffield said assessments of the road network were underway.

"The primary focus this morning is South Coast Highway between Albany and Denmark," he said.

"Significant rainfall in that neck of the woods has resulted in severe scour and numerous trees down between Lower Denmark and George Street ? multiple issues along that section of road."

Western Power's Gene Burton said 9,000 properties were without power on the south coast.

"I expect some people will be out for a few hours today, possibly into the afternoon, keep looking at the outage map," she said.

Bureau of Meteorology Noel Pusey said more than 100mm of rain was recorded in two hours in some areas.

"The rainfall has eased off on south coast near Albany and is heading east," he said.


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