Wild storm tears through Wheatbelt, flattens power poles. 5000 properties in Merredin, Trayning, Cunderdin, Bruce Rock, Kalannie and Hyden were without power

Winds of up to 113km/h tore through the Wheatbelt, downing power lines.HUNDREDS of Wheatbelt properties are still without power today after a storm on Good Friday smashed power poles and brought down power lines.

A Western Power spokesman said about 400 properties were still off the grid, with the most affected areas Trayning, North Trayning and North Yelbeni.

Winds of up to 113km/h and lightning smash

About 5000 properties in Merredin, Trayning, Cunderdin, Bruce Rock, Kalannie and Hyden were without power in the immediate aftermath.

The Western Power depot at Merredin was also damaged.

The spokesman said 11 Western Power crews from Perth and the regions had replaced 33 poles and were working to complete repairs on other damaged parts of the network.

Helicopters have been used to try to identify damage.

The Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Gianni Colangelo described the storm as severe and “considerably more intense than your typical garden-variety thunderstorm”.

He said there had been reports of hail, roof damage and, at Merredin, about 20mm of rain.

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