PERTH, Australia (AP) — Tens of thousands of homes and businesses have lost power, buildings have been battered, roofs were torn off and trees uprooted as a vast stretch of the west Australian coast was whipped or a second day by a severe storm.
No casualties were reported by Monday from what Acting Assistant Commissioner of Western Australia state’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services Jon Broomhall called a “a once-in-a-decade-type” storm system.
The system that struck an extraordinarily large area was the result of remnants of late-season Cyclone Mangga tracking southeast and colliding in the southern Indian Ocean with a northeast-moving cold front.
Bureau of Meteorology manager Neil Bennett says the storm is subsiding by Monday afternoon.
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