Western Australia state hit by ‘once-in-a-decade’ storm

Surfers take to the water at Cottesloe beach in Perth to take advantage of unusually large waves created by tropical cyclone Mangga meeting a cold front off the west Australian coast on May 24, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 24 May 2020

Western Australia state hit by ‘once-in-a-decade’ storm

  • Conditions were expected to worsen overnight as the storm progressed

SYDNEY: About 50,000 homes and businesses were without power across Western Australia state on Sunday as a severe storm hit the coast and brought wind gusts of more than 100 kilometers per hour, officials said.
Conditions were expected to worsen overnight as the storm progressed.
Jon Broomhall, acting assistant commissioner of Western Australia’s department of fire and emergency services, called the storm “a once-in-a-decade-type system.”
“Normally our storms come from the southwest, and this will come from the northwest, so it will test people’s buildings, sheds and all those unsecured items, so we’re asking people to secure property and make sure everything loose is tied down,” he said,
A Bureau of Meteorology official, James Ashley, said the weather formation was “dynamic and complex,” as a system from Cyclone Mangga in the southern Indian Ocean interacted with a cold front.
In the Perth metropolitan area, electricity supply to about 37,000 homes and businesses was impacted by the storm. A power company said some households should expect to remain without electricity overnight, particularly in places where it was not safe for crews to repair the network.
The worst of the weather was due to hit Perth later Sunday evening and Monday morning, and not ease until Monday afternoon.
“In a broad area, the southwest of the state will be hit really severely overnight, tonight and into tomorrow,” Ashley said. “Really quite severe conditions will still be experienced in Perth tomorrow morning.”
There were reports of damage to buildings, homes, fences, electricity infrastructure and trees across Perth as the storm front moved south.


Spain’s former king leaving country amid financial scandal

Updated 03 August 2020

Spain’s former king leaving country amid financial scandal

  • The 82-year-old former king is credited with helping Spain peacefully restore democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975
  • Marred by scandals in the later years of his reign, Juan Carlos in 2014 abdicated in favor of his son Felipe VI

MADRID: Spain’s former monarch, King Juan Carlos I, says he is leaving Spain to live in another country amid a financial scandal.
The royal family’s website on Monday published a letter from Juan Carlos to his son, King Felipe VI, saying “I am informing you of my considered decision to move, during this period, out of Spain.”
Spain’s prime minister recently said he found the developments about Juan Carlos — including investigations in Spain and Switzerland — “disturbing.”
The 82-year-old former king is credited with helping Spain peacefully restore democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.
But marred by scandals in the later years of his reign, Juan Carlos in 2014 abdicated in favor of his son Felipe VI, losing the inviolability protection Spain’s Constitution grants to the head of state.
The royal house has denied that Felipe had any knowledge of his father’s alleged financial irregularities.