Power has been restored to Perth Airport after a major outage sparked by severe weather caused widespread flight cancellations and overnight delays.
- Thousands of properties are still without power amid ongoing storms
- Perth Airport has asked passengers for patience as flights get back underway
- Heavy showers and thunderstorms are set to persist throughout the day
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.
“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.
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 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.