First calls for help roll in as thousands lose power around the state

About 18,000 properties around the state have already lost power as the storm started to ramp up in the Mid West, Gascoyne and Perth metropolitan area.

Approximately 6,500 homes and businesses are impacted by the storm in the wider Perth area, with Mount Helena, Gidgegannup, Bailup, Sawyers Valley, Bayswater, Bassendean, Ashfield, and Wooroloo the mote heavily hit suburbs, according to Western Power spokesman Paul Entwistle.

In the northern part of the network just under 10,000 customers were affected by storm outages with the most heavily impacted towns being Kalbarri, Port Denison, Dongara, Cape Burney, Greenough, and Greenough.

Mr Entwistle said Western Power had a plan in place to respond to the increase in hazards or outages and significantly increased the number of emergency response crews available.

To assure the safety of crews some repairs, especially those requiring staff to work in elevated work platforms (or cherry-pickers), would not be attempted until wind gusts fall to a safe level.

Anyone seeing any damage to the network is urged to stay eight metres away and make the safe call to Western Power on 13 13 51.