More than 20,000 customers remain without power, and it could be days before everyone is restored to the grid following a summer storm in Perth on Tuesday.
People living in the Wheatbelt region are unable to call Triple-0 or the police assistance line because of outages caused by the wild front, WA Police say.
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Locals in the Perth Hills region were pounded with intense rainfall and wild winds that brought down trees and powerlines and damaged properties.
More than 22,000 homes and businesses are currently without power, down from 34,000 at the peak of the storm activity.
Western Power’s acting chief executive Jacqui Hall said it could be days before power is restored to all customers, given the “complexity” of conditions and the level of damage to infrastructure.
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More than 100 power poles require repairs or replacement, while hundreds of kilometres of conductors and seven transmission lines have been taken out of action.
“We are putting all available resources on those restoration and repair efforts,” Hall said on Wednesday.
Staff at Western Power have been taken off other planned works and redeployed to the repair efforts.
Hall said hot temperatures and tricky fire conditions had made their work more difficult.
Western Power says it is working hard to restore 22,000 customers to the grid. Credit: 7NEWS
WA Police said the storm was behind communications issues for people wanting to make emergency calls.
“WA Police has been made aware that members of the Wheatbelt community may be unable to call the police assistance line or triple-0 due to communication outages caused by a recent storm front,” authorities said.
“If you have a vulnerable family member, friend, neighbour or co-worker in the area, you may consider offering them support until the outage has been resolved.”
Locals were pounded with intense rainfall and wild winds that brought down trees and powerlines and damaged properties. Credit: 7NEWS
Authorities had warned the storm could produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones.
It packed a punch when it arrived, with Lake Chittering drenched in 28mm of rain in just 30 minutes and Brookdale experiencing 38mm in half an hour. Cunderdin copped 113km/h winds.
Authorities said humidity and moisture provided the energy for the storm to strike with such intensity.