DESTRUCTIVE winds, high tides and heavy rain are battering parts of Australia, leaving 10,000 homes without power.
DESTRUCTIVE winds, high tides and flooding are causing chaos as a massive storm batters Western Australia.
More than 10,000 properties are without power across the state and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is warning residents from Exmouth to Walpole, including in Perth, to expect wind gusts of up to 100km/h and heavy rain.
“The weather system is expected to be windier than a typical front and affect a larger area,” the BoM said.
Already, ferocious gusts clocking 107km/h have been recorded at Rottnest, prompting the cancellation of the island’s ferry service.
Meanwhile, thousands of Aussies have shivered through subzero temperatures in parts of Victoria and southern NSW.
In Victoria’s alpine region, the mercury plummeted to -4C over the weekend and regional towns such Wangaratta (-2.3C) and Hopetoun (-1C) had their lowest temperatures since August last year.
Howling winds and showers will continue to hit Sydney and many parts of regional NSW until tomorrow evening.
However, BoM senior forecaster Richard Carlyon told news.com.au the “cold snap” was nothing unusual, adding that Victoria and NSW residents should brace for several more months of similar weather.
In fact, Dr Andrew Watkins, the manager of long-range forecasts at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), said there would be fewer cold fronts reaching mainland Australia this winter — meaning many of us will have milder weather than usual.
However, the nasty weather in WA shows no signs of slowing down.
Flash flooding could impact the Gascoyne region while the Swan River could rise and flood water over Kwinana Freeway in Perth.
Total rainfall of between 15mm and 30mm is likely today across the state, with up to 50mm expected to drench some areas. Rainfall over inland agricultural areas could range from 10mm to 20mm in the west and 5mm in the east.
There is the potential for dangerous, isolated wind gusts of up to 125km/h to hit Tuesday afternoon ahead of the storm front.