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Damaging Australia Winds Rake Perth

November 28, 2012; 7:41 AM ET

Roof damage, broken trees and blackouts are the main impacts, following a blast of high winds in Australia's western metropolis of Perth.

No injuries were reported.

The high winds collapsed a chimney and tore off part of the roof of the Terrace Hotel, a scene captured on cell phone video, the Australian ABC News website said.

Roof damage also hit homes and schools in the area.

Power was blacked out to more than 50,000 properties across the region.

Unusually strong late November storm landing in southwestern Australia on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (BoM imagery taken 0330 UTC Wednesday)

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) had warned of winds as high as 125 km/h ahead of a deep offshore low, the ABC said.

Weather observations posted on the BoM website showed top winds of at least 63 knots (117 km/h) at Rottnest Island, about 10 miles off shore.

At Ocean Reef, north of Perth, wind gusts were clocked to 55 knots (102 km/h).

Gusts reached 49 knots (91 km/h) at the Perth airport.

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