Record rainfall and 40,000 without power as storm batters WA coast

A houseboat sinking off the coast of Mandurah.MORE than 40,000 properties are without power in southern WA after damaging winds and heavy rainfall battered the coast.

A severe weather warning is in place for a second day for parts of the Pilbara and Gascoyne districts, extending to the lower South West region, due to a rain band and a separate strong cold front.

The State’s electricity utility Western Power says restoring power to customers from Kalbarri to Albany, including Perth, may be slow as bad weather hampers the clean-up process.

State Emergency Service crews have responded to 65 calls for help since Monday.

In Mandurah a houseboat was witnessed sinking at the Dawesville foreshore reserve about 9.30am this morning.

It was reported Water Police attempted to reach the vessel and a smaller yellow boat, but left about 10am as conditions became too dangerous.

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