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Cars lifted from roads and buildings reduced to rubble as Australia is hit by ‘rare’ weather event

Australia is being hit with extreme weather on both sides of the country with homes damaged and power cut to tens of thousands of properties.

Western Australia is being battered by dangerous conditions, with high winds and heavy rain lashing most of the state, as the remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Mangga collide with a cold front and trough, whipping up gusts of about 100 km/h.

‘This is a rare event for Western Australia, particularly due to the extent of the area affected and the possibility of multiple areas of dangerous weather,’ the Bureau of Meteorology said.

‘A similar event to this one occurred in June 2012, which led to over 600 calls for assistance and over 170,000 homes losing power.’

Wild weather conditions have lashed through Western Australia, with a monster weather system bringing wind gusts of more than 100km/h

Thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged in the extreme weather in Western Australia, which experts called a 'rare event'

Thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged in the extreme weather in Western Australia, which experts called a ‘rare event’

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services warned the ‘unusual weather’ could cause significant damage to homes and make travel dangerous, with strong winds of up to 130km/h are already raising dust through large parts of the Gascoyne and Central West areas.

High winds blew apart a house in Geraldton, blew off roofs, lifted cars off the road and damaged shops as well as bringing down trees and power lines.

There were also reports of damaged homes and downed trees and power lines in other regional centres and in Perth on Sunday night.

Western Power said in a statement at 5.30pm that about 50,000 customers were experiencing storm outages across the state including around 37,000 homes and businesses in the Perth metropolitan area.

The power company said it had 70 crews addressing hazards on the network but many households should expect to remain without power overnight.

‘We will not attempt any repair work during the storm because operating elevated work platforms (cherrypickers) and other equipment is not safe to do so because of the dangerous winds,’ it said.

A car was lifted from the road and smashed through a park fence in Perth on Sunday

A car was lifted from the road and smashed through a park fence in Perth on Sunday 

Roofs were torn off houses in Geraldton (pictured) with extreme conditions set to remain over the state into the begin of this week

Roofs were torn off houses in Geraldton (pictured) with extreme conditions set to remain over the state into the begin of this week

A young family watch on as surfers take to the waves at Cottesloe Beach in Perth on Sunday

A young family watch on as surfers take to the waves at Cottesloe Beach in Perth on Sunday

A ‘take action now’ alert is in place for most of the state, including Perth which was slammed with 30mL of rain on Sunday night.

Residents were warned to unplug electrical appliances, avoid using landline phones if there is lightning, close curtains and blinds, and stay away from windows.

Anyone stuck outside should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.

Motorists were warned to watch for hazards, such as debris, and to not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Residents in coastal areas from as far north as Exmouth and south to Augusta have been warned of the potential of a dangerous storm tide.

Peak wave heights in excess of eight metres with large tides are predicted for the south west coast on Monday, causing significant beach erosion.

Flying debris torn from trees in the damaging winds damaged cars throughout the state

Flying debris torn from trees in the damaging winds damaged cars throughout the state

Powerlines were brought down by damaging winds, with Western Power officials warning people to stay at least eight metres away from any fallen powerlines

Powerlines were brought down by damaging winds, with Western Power officials warning people to stay at least eight metres away from any fallen powerlines

Winds are expected to ease across the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions overnight, and through the south-western part of the state during Monday.

Brisbane shivered through icy temperatures this weekend, reaching just 15.1C on Saturday in a record-breaking cold snap in Queensland. 

Lower-than-average temperatures are set to continue for a few days, although it will be a ‘touch warmer’ than on the weekend, Kimba Wong from The Bureau of Meteorology said.

Ms Wong says records for the lowest maximum May temperature were broken in more than 20 locations across the state.

Rockhampton’s maximum was a chilly 12.2 – lower than the previous May 1978 record of 14.8C.

One of the lowest maximum temperatures recorded in the state was 11.5C in Charters Towers.

Brisbane has endured two days in a row with a maximum temperature of just 15Cwith more cold weather to come

Brisbane has endured two days in a row with a maximum temperature of just 15Cwith more cold weather to come

Ms Wong said cold temperatures on Saturday were caused by a thick cloud band over eastern parts of the state, combined with a cold air mass moving in from the south.

‘The cloud band has moved off, but we still have the cold air mass over us which is why it’s still reasonably fresh,’ she said.

With cold temperatures and clear sky to continue over the next few days frost is likely, especially in southern and central inland parts of the state.

‘This is early in the season,’ Ms Wong said.

The cold snap wasn’t just confined to the north with New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia also experiencing a chilly weekend courtesy of cold fronts sweeping over the states.

Most major cities were forecast with maximums of 20C or lower on Sunday, with Australians being warned to brace for continuing cold weather as the week progresses and we head into winter.

Three swimmers are blasted by huge swell off the rocks at Bronte Beach into the ocean pool on Sunday

Three swimmers are blasted by huge swell off the rocks at Bronte Beach into the ocean pool on Sunday

Cold weather brought snow to a playground at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park this week

Cold weather brought snow to a playground at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park this week 

The cold fronts also mean the wet weather will continue with large areas of the country forecast to experience overcast conditions and showers.

In New South Wales the cold fronts brought wind, rain and even snow in some places such as the Blue Mountains and Bathurst.

A severe weather warning was issued over the weekend in Sydney as massive waves battered many of the city’s surfing beaches.

The monster southerly swell pummeled the east coast for a third consecutive day, with dangerous surf conditions stretching from Byron Bay in the north to Eden in the state’s far south.

‘Five metre waves have been observed along Sydney’s coastline, along with some rogue waves in excess of 10 metres, which will create beach erosion,’ Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jordan Notara told Daily Mail Australia.

The bureau issued repeated public warnings about Sunday’s hazardous surf conditions.

Swimmers grab the railing at the South Curl Curl ocean pool with huge swells approaching on Sunday

Swimmers grab the railing at the South Curl Curl ocean pool with huge swells approaching on Sunday

Bronte Beach was showing waves of up to five metres on Sunday as the monster southerly swell continued to pummel the east coast

Bronte Beach was showing waves of up to five metres on Sunday as the monster southerly swell continued to pummel the east coast

‘A monster southerly swell up to 4 to 5 metres and strong winds are moving up the coast today, impacting Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle beaches,’ it tweeted.

‘While tempting to get a look, keep clear rock ledges and check your skill level before entering the water.’

The weather bureau issued a separate warning about damaging and powerful wind gusts.

‘The dangerous surf conditions have been driven by strong and consistent southerly winds along the NSW coast,’ Mr Notara said.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned the hazardous winds and surf conditions will remain along the east coast until at least Tuesday.

Thrill-seeking youths rush to greet the waves at South Curl Curl ocean pool in the large surf conditions on Sunday

Thrill-seeking youths rush to greet the waves at South Curl Curl ocean pool in the large surf conditions on Sunday

‘We’re expecting five metres well along the Sydney coastline on Monday morning before dropping down to four metres by the afternoon,’ Mr Notara said.

‘The warning will remain in place for much of the NSW coast until Tuesday.’

Forty shipping containers have been lost overboard off the NSW coast after a ship rolled during heavy seas while travelling from China to Australia.

About 10.45am on Sunday the Australian Maritime Safety Authority was notified that a container ship had lost cargo overboard off the state’s coast.

The Singapore-flagged container ship APL England experienced a temporary loss of propulsion during heavy seas about 73km southeast of Sydney just after 6.10am, AMSA said in a statement on Sunday.

A Manly ferry hits heavy swell as it approaches North Head on the way to Circular Quay

A Manly ferry hits heavy swell as it approaches North Head on the way to Circular Quay

The ship was en route from China to Melbourne.

‘The ship’s power was restored within a few minutes but during this time the ship reported that it was rolling heavily, causing container stacks to collapse and several containers to fall overboard,’ the statement said.

The APL England’s master has reported some 40 containers were lost overboard and 74 were damaged.

It’s also been reported that six containers are protruding from the ship’s starboard side while three are protruding from the port side.

AMSA intends to send a challenger jet to the area to look for containers and debris, as well as to inspect the ship for signs of damage or pollution. 

‘At this stage it is unknown whether there will be any shoreline impacts associated with this incident and AMSA is working with NSW Maritime to monitor the situation and develop an appropriate response,’ the authority said.

THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY 

SYDNEY   

MONDAY: Min 13. Max 20. Showers.

TUESDAY: Min 13. Max 20. Showers.

WEDNESDAY: Min 13. Max 21. Cloudy.

THURSDAY: Min 11. Max 20. Sunny.

BRISBANE    

MONDAY:  Min 11. Max 24. Sunny. 

TUESDAY: Min 11. Max 24. Sunny.

WEDNESDAY: Min 12. Max 24. Sunny.

THURSDAY: Min 13. Max 25. Sunny

ADELAIDE    

MONDAY: Min 5. Max 15. Cloudy.

TUESDAY: Min 7. Max 17. Cloudy.

WEDNESDAY: Min 10. Max 17. Showers.

THURSDAY: Min 10. Max 17. Cloudy.

CANBERRA   

MONDAY: Min 3 Max 15. Cloudy. 

TUESDAY: Min 4. Max 15. Cloudy.

WEDNESDAY: Min 3. Max 15. Cloudy.

THURSDAY: Min 2. Max 15. Cloudy.

MELBOURNE   

MONDAY: Min 7. Max 15. Cloudy. 

TUESDAY: Min 6. Max 17. Sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 7. Max 16. Cloudy

THURSDAY: Min 8. Max 17. Showers 

PERTH    

MONDAY: Min 11 Max 19. Showers. 

TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 18. Showers.

WEDNESDAY: Min 10. Max 20. Showers.

THURSDAY: Min 11. Max 21. Showers. 

HOBART   

MONDAY: Min 6. Max 12. Cloudy. 

TUESDAY: Min 4. Max 14. Cloudy.

WEDNESDAY: Min 5. Max 16. Cloudy.

THURSDAY: Min 7. Max 16. Cloudy.

DARWIN   

MONDAY: Min 19. Max 29. Sunny 

TUESDAY: Min 18. Max 30. Sunny,

WEDNESDAY: Min 21. Max 31. Sunny.

THURSDAY: Min 21. Max 32. Sunny.

Source: Bureau of Meteorology 

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