Extreme ‘once-in-a-decade’ storm brings destructive winds and rain to Western Australia
An extreme weather event described as a "once-in-a-decade" brought destructive winds and rain to a wide stretch of Western Australia on May 24 and 25, 2020.
Wind speed of up to 132 km/h (82 mph) was recorded at Cape Leeuwin, the state’s strongest May gust in 15 years. In Perth, the wind gusted at more than 90 km/h (56 mph) overnight.
The highest rainfall totals in a 24-hour period to Monday were 60 mm (2.4 inches) at Learmonth Airport and 54 mm (2.1 inches) in Margaret River. Several areas in the Pilbara region received up to 50 mm (2 inches), while up to 20 mm (0.8 inches) soaked agricultural lands.