"Once-in-a-decade" WA superstorm will ease this afternoon, according to BOM

“Once-in-a-decade” WA superstorm will ease this afternoon, according to BOM

A massive superstorm has been ravaging southern parts of Western Australia and will continue to affect areas until this afternoon, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

Described by a senior official at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) as a “once-in-a-decade” storm, the weather event has left tens of thousands without power, uprooting trees, and even blowing roofs off houses, with winds of up to 100kph recorded around south-east suburbs of Perth.

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A rare storm has wreaked havoc in WA over the weekend and will continue to affect southern parts of the state until this afternoon, BOM reports.

BOM reported that the storm resulted from the remainder of tropical cyclone Mangga coinciding with a cold front. Up to 50,000 residents were left without power last night and crews were not able to attend to the outages due to the persisting dangerous weather.

“This is a rare event for Western Australia, particularly due to the extent of the area affected and the possibility of multiple areas of dangerous weather,” BOM described.

Residents reported that the storm had even generated a massive dust storm which encased areas of Geraldton and Carnarvon yesterday afternoon.

The storm has also generated abnormally high tides and surfers are currently being urged to avoid the beach.

Whilst the storm continues to impact some southern parts of the state, the weather is set to ease sometime this afternoon.

Elsewhere, a severe weather warning has been issued today for damaging surf in NSW, impacting areas of the Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan, Hunter, and Mid North Coast districts with the conditions predicted to ease later this evening.

In other news, BOM has predicted the country is in for a wet winter ahead.