Western Australia Storm – level 3

29-05-2020 07:00

Western Australia was hit by a massive once-in-a-decade storm that ripped roofs off houses, damaged properties, and downed trees across the state’s 900-mile-long coastline.

According to weather experts, such weather is not typical for Western Australia. Ex-tropical cyclone Mangga collided with a cold front, which resulted in a rare and intense storm.

Heavy rain with wind speeds of more than 60mph and massive waves lashed the coastline. Strong winds raised a dust storm in Geraldton, and in Perth, there were reports of damage to buildings and electricity infrastructure.

Emergency services received hundreds of calls for help, and more than 65,000 houses were without power. Powerful winds made it impossible to repair electricity infrastructure until the storm ended.

Difficult words: rip off (to pull something off with a lot of force), cyclone (a tropical storm), lash (to hit violently and suddenly), infrastructure (things like pipes, poles, and wires that provide services to people).

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