Violent electrical storm

Violent electrical storm cuts phones and power, wrecks internet connections

A storm like this one in Coondle late last year blacked out large parts of Toodyay for several hours last month. Photo: Jane Taylor.

Large areas of Toodyay lost power and mobile phone and internet services for several hours after a severe electrical storm swept through the shire last month.

Lightning destroyed at least one power pole and damaged home internet equipment.

Although only 9.8mm of rain was recorded in the Toodyay townsite, other areas received 14mm or more in an hour.