A “storm of the decade” has ripped through the Capes for over 24 hours causing power outages to more than 13,000 regional homes.
The storm began at 2pm on Sunday and raged throughout the night recording over 63mm of rainfall in isolated areas.
Dangerous winds continue with the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse recording winds of 132 kilometres per hour at 4:14am while Cape Naturaliste recording 119 km/h at 3:17am and Busselton Jetty recording 109km/h at 11:48pm.
Streets such as Clydebank Avenue in Busselton were flooded while Dunsborough town centre shops were closed for the day due to power outages.
Dangerous tides eroded around 10m of coastline from Yallingup to Geographe with boat ramps and jetty’s underwater.
A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson called the storm a “rare event” for this time of year.
“It’s due to the remnants of a tropical low tracking towards WA and interacting with a cold front, causing the low to deepen,” they said.
“The last time an event like this occurred was June 2012, which led to over 600 calls for assistance and over 170,000 homes losing power.”
City of Busselton residents made 35 requests for assistance to emergency services during the storm for mainly roof damage, structural damage, fallen trees and water ingress with West Busselton worst affected.
A Western Power spokesperson said the electrical company actioned an “exceptionally high volume” of emergency call outs with over 1,000 homes without power in the City of Busselton, some for more than 12 hours.
“In the southern part of the network around 8,000 homes and businesses are currently impacted by power outages with the Margaret River area the most heavily affected with around 2400 outages,” he said.
Damaging surf is expected to continue tomorrow with many thrill seekers taking to the water around the Capes.