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Watch: Thousands left without power as wild weather damages homes overnight

Thousands were left without power and emergency services were inundated with calls as wild weather uprooted trees and damaged property overnight.

The cold front hit the coast on Tuesday afternoon, bringing damaging winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour and heavy rain.

It wasn’t long until emergency services received calls for assistance as trees fell on homes, powerlines came down, and debris and property went flying through the air.

More than 54,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity across the state as the front brought down powerlines and trees.

While the State Emergency Service received more than 200 calls for help ranging from downed trees, to broken windows and flying pool covers.

Western Power outages map. Photo: Western Power

Western Power said they were doing all they could as their centre was inundated with calls.

“We have 26 crews responding to faults on the network, which has resulted in the loss of power for 54,000 homes and businesses.” Western Power said.

“We are aware that many outages displayed on our online map currently list restoration times as ‘unknown’, this is due to crews prioritising 106 hazards before restoration works can commence.

“Our network operations team is using real-time data and satellite imagery to monitor the progress of the storm and to track its impact.

“Please bear with us.”

The Peel region was one of the hardest hit with several outages and multiple calls for help.

The front hit the region about 5pm, and it wasn’t long before the area was without power.

One of the first incidents saw a powerline fall down at the Barwell and Collier Street intersection in Silver Sands.

It cut power more than 4,340 homes and businesses across the Mandurah area including the CBD.

The outage caused a blackout at the Mandurah Terrace and Anstruther Road intersection and forced most businesses to close along the Mandurah Foreshore.

Western Power had power restored by 9pm, but not before another incident which saw another powerline come down in Madora Bay and South Yunderup.

Shortly after, three powerlines were brought down by a fallen tree on Madora Beach Road in Madora Bay.

The outage resulted in a widespread blackout affecting the suburbs of Singleton, Lakelands, Madora Bay, Karmup and parts of Golden Bay.

Parts of Baldivis were also left in the dark as another powerline came down in the area.

The wild weather is expected to stick around for most of Wednesday.

Drivers are advised to take caution as there are trees and debris on the road.

If you see a fallen powerline, stay at least eight metres clear and call the 24/7 emergency line on 13 13 51.