The weather bureau in western Australia says a “unprecedentous amount” of damage has been caused by a tornado that struck the remote town of Waco, leaving at least three people dead and dozens injured.
Key points: Tornado has left at least five people dead, including two police officers, in western WAThe tornado is believed to have originated in Waco but authorities are still investigating what caused itTwo police officers have been killed and at least 50 others injuredA tornado has damaged several houses in Wacos town, near Waco city, but there is still no indication the tornado caused the deaths and injuries.
The Waco Fire Department has said at least seven homes have been destroyed and one is believed damaged beyond repair.
Two police were among the dead, the WA Police Force confirmed on Twitter.
A tornado touched down in Waccamaw in the state’s central region, but authorities say the damage was minimal.
Police have said it appeared to have started in the town of Tambourine and moved south.
“We have had a tornado in Tambours area, which is located about 250 kilometres south of Wacombe, but that is not an official location,” WA Police said in a statement.
An official from the Bureau of Meteorology said there was no “official estimate” of the number of deaths, but said the damage to homes was minimal, and the winds were at around 75km/h (50mph).
“This is an unusual tornado to have struck,” the bureau’s meteorologist, Mark Hutton, told ABC radio.
“There’s no doubt that this is a very rare event, but we’re expecting more to happen.”
The storm also left a trail of debris in the area.
The Federal Government has ordered an immediate review of storm safety and has ordered a tornado warning be issued for the entire state.
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