Cars lifted from roads and buildings that have been reduced to rubble, as Australia is hit by ‘rare’ weather conditions
Australia is affected by extreme weather on both sides of the country with damaged homes and a power outage to tens of thousands of properties.
Western Australia is ravaged by dangerous conditions, with high winds and heavy rain flooding most of the state, while the remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Mangga collide with a cold front and trough, causing gusts of about 100 km / h are generated.
“This is a rare occurrence for Western Australia, especially due to the size of the affected area and the possibility of multiple areas of dangerous weather,” said the Bureau of Meteorology.
“A similar event like this happened in June 2012, which led to more than 600 calls for help and more than 170,000 homes without power.”
Wild weather has swept through Western Australia, with a monster weather system causing gusts of over 100 mph
Thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged by the extreme weather in Western Australia, dubbed a “rare occurrence” by experts
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services warned that “ unusual weather ” can cause significant damage to homes and make travel dangerous, with strong wind speeds of up to 130 km / h already throwing dust through large areas of the Gascoyne and Central West areas.
Strong winds blew apart a house in Geraldton, blew off roofs, lifted cars off the road and damaged shops, and brought down trees and power lines.
There were also reports of damaged houses and downed trees and power lines in other regional centers and in Perth on Sunday evening.
Western Power said in a statement at 5:30 pm that about 50,000 customers experienced storm failures across the state, including about 37,000 homes and businesses in the Perth metropolitan area.
The power company said it had 70 crews tackling the dangers on the network, but many households would expect to be left without power overnight.
“We will not attempt repair work during the storm, as operating aerial platforms (cherry pickers) and other equipment is not safe due to the dangerous wind,” it said.
A car was lifted off the road and knocked through a park gate in Perth on Sunday
Roofs were torn from homes in Geraldton (photo) with extreme conditions remaining above the state early this week
A young family watches as surfers hit the waves on Sunday at Cottesloe Beach in Perth
For most of the state, including Perth, which was slammed with 30 ml of rain on Sunday evening, there is a “take action now” warning.
Residents were warned to unplug electrical devices, not to use landline phones when there is lightning, to close curtains and blinds, and to stay away from windows.
Anyone trapped outside should find a safe shelter away from trees, power lines, rainwater drains and streams.
Motorists were warned to watch out for hazards, such as debris, and not to drive in water of unknown depth and current.
Residents in coastal areas as far north as Exmouth and south to Augusta have been warned of the potential of a dangerous storm surge.
Peak wave heights of more than eight meters with large tides are predicted off the southwest coast on Monday, which will cause significant beach erosion.
Flying debris ripped from trees in the noxious winds has damaged cars across the state
Powerlines were knocked down by noxious winds, with Western Power officials warning people to stay at least eight feet away from fallen powerlines
The wind is expected to ease at night in the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions and Monday through the southwestern part of the state.
Brisbane shivered over icy temperatures this weekend, reaching just 15.1C on Saturday in a record-breaking cold wave in Queensland.
Kimba Wong of The Bureau of Meteorology said temperatures will stay a few days lower than a few days, although it will be a little warmer than on the weekend.
Ms. Wong says records for the lowest maximum May temperature were broken in more than 20 locations in the state.
Rockhampton’s maximum was a chilly 12.2 – lower than the previous record of 14.8C in May 1978.
One of the lowest maximum temperatures in the state was 11.5C in Charters Towers.
Brisbane has endured two days in a row with a maximum temperature of only 15C and more cold weather is coming
Ms Wong said that the cold temperatures on Saturday were caused by a thick cloud band over the eastern parts of the state, combined with a cold mass of air moving in from the south.
“The cloud band has gone, but we still have the cold air mass over us and that’s why it’s still pretty fresh,” she said.
With cold temperatures and clear air continuing for days to come, frost is likely, especially in the southern and central interior of the state.
“This is early in the season,” said Ms. Wong.
The cold wave was not only limited to the north with New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, but also experienced a cold weekend thanks to the cold fronts that swept the states.
Most major cities were forecast to hit as high as 20C or lower on Sunday, warning Australians to commit to persistent cold weather as the week progresses and we head into winter.
Three swimmers are destroyed on Sunday by a huge swell of rocks at Bronte Beach in the ocean pool
Cold weather brought snow to a playground in Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park this week
The cold fronts are also causing wet weather to persist, with large areas of the country expected to experience cloudy weather and showers.
In New South Wales, the cold fronts brought wind, rain, and even snow to places like the Blue Mountains and Bathurst.
During the weekend in Sydney, a severe weather warning was issued, as huge waves stormed the city’s surfing beaches.
The southern swell collapsed on the east coast for the third consecutive day, with dangerous surf conditions stretching from Byron Bay in the north to Eden in the far south of the state.
“Five-meter waves have been observed along the Sydney coastline, along with some rogue waves in excess of 10 meters, which will cause beach erosion,” Jordan Notara, senior predictor of Bureau of Meteorology, told Daily Mail Australia.
The agency has repeatedly issued public warnings about the dangerous surfing conditions on Sunday.
Swimmers take to the railing at the South Curl Curl Ocean Pool with huge waves approaching on Sunday
Bronte Beach showed waves up to five meters on Sunday as the monster continued to swell south on the east coast
“A monster swelled south to 4 to 5 meters and strong winds are blowing along the coast today, impacting the beaches of Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle,” it tweeted.
“While tempted to take a look, keep clear rock ledges and check your skill level before entering the water.”
The weather agency issued a separate warning about harmful and strong wind gusts.
“The dangerous surfing conditions were caused by strong and steady southerly winds along the coast of NSW,” Notara said.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned that dangerous winds and surfing conditions will continue along the east coast until at least Tuesday.
Exciting young people rush to greet the waves at South Curl Curl Ocean Pool in the great surf conditions on Sunday
“We expect five meters well along the Sydney coastline on Monday morning before descending to four meters by noon,” said Mr. Notara.
“The warning will remain in effect for much of the coast of NSW until Tuesday.”
Forty sea containers were lost overboard off the coast of NSW after a ship was ridden during heavy seas on a voyage from China to Australia.
At about 10:45 AM on Sunday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority was informed that a container ship off the state’s coast had lost cargo on board.
The Singapore-flagged container ship APL England experienced a temporary loss of propulsion during heavy seas, about 73 km southeast of Sydney just after 6:10 AM, AMSA said in a statement on Sunday.
A male ferry hits heavy swell as it approaches North Head on its way to Circular Quay
The ship was en route from China to Melbourne.
“The ship’s power had recovered within a few minutes, but during this time, the ship reported heavy rolling, causing container stacks to collapse and several containers to fall overboard,” the statement said.
The master of APL England has reported that about 40 containers have gone overboard and 74 have been damaged.
It has also been reported that six containers protrude on the starboard side, while three containers protrude on the port side.
AMSA plans to send a challenger beam to the area to look for containers and debris and inspect the ship for signs of damage or contamination.
“At this stage, it is unknown whether there will be any shoreline impacts associated with this incident and AMSA is working with NSW Maritime to monitor the situation and develop an appropriate response,” said the authority.
THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
MONDAY: Min 13. Max 20. Showers.
TUESDAY: Min 13. Max 20. Showers.
WEDNESDAY: Min 13. Max 21. Cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 11. Max 20. Sunny.
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MONDAY: Min 3 Max 15. Cloudy.
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TUESDAY: Min 6. Max 17. Sunny
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MONDAY: Min 11 Max 19. Showers.
TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 18. Showers.
WEDNESDAY: Min 10. Max 20. Showers.
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MONDAY: Min 6. Max 12. Cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 4. Max 14. Cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 5. Max 16. Cloudy.
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MONDAY: Min 19. Max 29. Sunny
TUESDAY: Min 18. Max 30. Sunny,
WEDNESDAY: Min 21. Max 31. Sunny.
THURSDAY: Min 21. Max 32. Sunny.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology