Western Power still working to restore electricity to Wheatbelt properties nearly a week after storm

About 1,000 properties are still without electricity five days after a storm tore through the West Australian Wheatbelt with a destructive power that has been compared to that of a tornado.

The storm knocked down transmission towers, power lines and trees, and damaged property in the region on Wednesday.

Kulin farmer John Waters said the damage at his home was like nothing he had seen before.

“I would say it was similar to a tornado because some of the sheds have gone sideways, but I don’t think it was just small,” he said.

“Our farm is approximately 15 kilometres long and 14 kilometres of it has got damage so I am thinking in the middle was the worst.

“The middle seven kilometres, the roads are completely laden with trees.”

Power getting restored

Western Power said 182 poles in the Wheatbelt region were damaged by storms on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a further 46 from a fire at Wongan Hills. 

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