A round of severe thunderstorms caused tornadoes that led to widespread damage in and near the capital city of Perth, Australia, on Thursday.
The reported tornadoes occurred near midday with some of the hardest-hit areas including Perth suburbs Dianella and Morley. A second tornado was reported near York, about 60 miles east of Perth.
Data obtained by AccuWeather.com indicates there were thunderstorms in the Perth area at time of the tornadoes. The Australia Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed at least one of the tornadoes that were reported.
Damage across the region ranged from downed power lines which left more than 5,000 people without power to damaged cars, homes and businesses. One of the buildings hit the hardest was a Blockbuster video store that had its roof partially removed and windows broken; the building is located in Morley.
A few showers have lingered across the region in the wake of the severe weather; however, drier weather is expected over the next 48 hours.
Another storm system is set to impact the region on Sunday bringing the threat of rain and thunderstorms.
A cooldown is on the way for the Minneapolis area headed into the new week.
Another visit from the Polar Vortex will deliver unseasonably cool air to the Midwest, preceded by rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather.
Welcome dry weather for cleanup efforts across Japan in the wake of Neoguri will be brief.
As the Northeast continues to clean up from destructive storms early this week, more rounds of severe weather and flash flooding loom for early next week.
Heat-related dangers will be on the rise over the weekend for much of the Northwest as scorching heat settles in.
Parts of the South will get major relief from heat, humidity and storms next week while other locations will be at greater risk for flash flooding.
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