Authorities say it could take a week to restore power to some homes after widespread storms packing winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour lashed Western Australia's south-west. Crews are working to restore power to more than 110,000 homes after the storms, described by the weather bureau as a "once in a decade" event, hit the region on Sunday.
An area roughly the size of the state of Victoria was affected, with the coastal towns of Mandurah and Rockingham the worst hit.
The Rottnest Express ferry battles a large swell as it heads to Rottnest Island, off
the coast of Perth, on June 11, 2012, in the wake of the fierce storm that swept
through south-west Western Australia on June 10 photograph submitted: Guy Bailey
A fallen tree lies across Forrest Grove Road, near Witchcliffe in south-west Western Australia.
(ABC News: Katie Franklin)
Emergency services officers walk through a video store destroyed by a tornado which swept through Perth's northern suburbs. (ABC TV)
A cyclist battles along a flooded bike path next to the Swan River in Perth on June 11, 2012, in the wake of the fierce storm that battered south-west Western Australia on June 10
A tree lies across a car in the Perth suburb of Winthrop after a fierce storm tore through south-west Western Australia on June 10, 2012