Perth weather disruption continues as storm fronts lash WA, but power restored to airport – Michmutters

Perth weather disruption continues as storm fronts lash WA, but power restored to airport

Power has been restored to Perth Airport after a major outage sparked by severe weather caused widespread flight cancellations and overnight delays.

The severe weather, brought about by an once-in-a-year triple storm front hitting Western Australia, saw all outbound services scheduled to depart before 8:30pm on Tuesday grounded.

Check-ins, security screening and car park access were also affected.

Passengers were reportedly told to go home for the night and to contact their travel agents.

“Perth Airport is working to activate all systems across its terminals in order to become fully operational,” Perth Airport said in a statement.

A wide shot of passengers sitting inside a terminal at Perth Airport.
The power outage at the airport left passengers delayed and in many cases sent home.(Supplied: Night News)

“We ask passengers for their continued patience as our team and our airline partners work to get flights underway.”

The airport has apologized for the inconvenience, saying the safety of everyone who worked in or was traveling through Perth Airport remained its highest priority.

Thousands still without power

The airport was one of thousands of properties left without power across Perth as the first of three powerful cold fronts battered the state.

Debris from a collapsed ceiling lies across a living room.
The ceiling of a Joondalup home in Perth’s north collapsed overnight as the wild weather continued.(Supplied: Night News)

At the peak of the storm yesterday morning, Western Power said 35,000 customers were without electricity, but it has since been restored to more than 25,000 properties.

The wild weather is set to continue, with damaging winds averaging 65 kilometers per hour and peak gusts in excess of 100 kph likely along the west coast and Perth this morning, before conditions ease during the late afternoon.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are also expected to persist throughout the day.

A wide shot of an emergency services vehicle outside a home damaged by bad weather at night.
Emergency services were called to a Port Kennedy home after it suffered damage to its roof and fence.(Supplied: Night News)

A severe weather warning for damaging surf is also in place, with significant wave heights exceeding 7 meters already occurring in exposed locations.

Swell forecasts of over 9.5 meters are predicted to hit Rottnest Island and Cape Naturaliste today.


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