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Storms cut power in Perth

Ben Domensino, Thursday May 31, 2018 - 14:16 AEST

Parts of Perth were left without power late Thursday morning after thunderstorm swept over the city's eastern suburbs.

A cold front crossing Western Australia's South West Land Division on Thursday triggered blustery showers and storms in multiple districts.

A narrow line of storms formed over Perth this morning ahead of the approaching front, generating more than 1000 lightning strikes in one hour within a 50km radius of the city.

According to Western Power, one of these lightning strikes cut power to around 25,000 customers in the city's eastern suburbs and nearby hills. Fortunately, power was restored shortly after the incident.

As of 11am WST, the strongest wind gusts in the state were 95km/h at Cape Leeuwin and 80km/h at Garden Island.

The stormy weather will continue to move from west to east across the state's South West Land Division today as the front passses through. Showers and storms will also affect parts of the Gascoyne, Goldfields, South Interior and Eucla districts today, thanks to a broad trough of low pressure.

Looking ahead, another strong cold front and trough will bring a burst of heavy rain and thunderstorms to southern and western parts of the state during the first half of next week.

- Weatherzone

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