Anomalous storm complex creates 50,000 lightning strikes and record rains in Western Australia

A complex and anomalous low pressure system has brought widespread showers and thunderstorms to south-west Western Australia, with storms producing more than 50,000 lightning strikes.

Wandering, in the Great Southern region, had recorded 20mm of rain – its highest daily October total in 12 years.

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In the Southern Coastal region, Jacup received 11mm – its highest daily October fall in three years.

Perth itself missed out on the bulk of the rain with just 0.6mm reaching the gauge in the city.

Some of the storms also brought strong winds, with a 83km/h gust sweeping through Gooseberry Hill in Perth’s eastern suburbs.

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The low pressure system responsible for the wet weather is moving east, taking showers and storms with it. Showers and storms will continue to move eastwards impacting the Central Wheat Belt, Great Southern the South Coastal and into the South East Coast.

Another anomalous and highly electric storm in Western Australia.

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