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.
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