Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Perth Metropolitan, Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Lower South West, and Great Southern.
If you live in the Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and parts of Central Wheat Belt districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Collie, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.
People in the southwest of WA experience a front as windy as this about five times per year, however it is less common for severe weather conditions to extend as far north as Kalbarri and as far inland as Beacon and Merredin.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
- If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
- Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
- Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
- If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
- If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
- Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
- Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
- Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
- If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
- Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance
At 01/08/2018 13:51:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised the strong cold front is moving through central and southeast parts of WA and gradually weakening. A cold squally southwest airstream with showers, thunderstorms and small hail lies over southwest WA and will extend further north and east during the late afternoon and evening. The cold southwesterly airstream may produce DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour which could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. DAMAGING WINDS are possible southwest of a line from Kalbarri to Albany, extending to remaining parts of the warning area during the late afternoon and evening. Tides between Kalbarri and Hopetoun will be higher than normal during Wednesday. DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause beach erosion. A Flood Watch is current for the Lower West and South West Districts, and a Warning to Sheep Graziers is current for the entire South West Land Division. Refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for more details. The following significant wind gusts have been recorded:Gooseberry Hill 96 km/h at 12.53 pm. Hillarys Boat Harbour 93 km/h at 12:54 pm. Geraldton Airport 87 km/h at 1:23 pm. The highest gust reported overnight was from Cape Leeuwin with a gust to 113 km/h at 2:18 am. Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Collie, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Roads have not been closed.
Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- Emergency services have answered more than 15 calls for help since 5 PM yesterday.
- State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
- If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
- In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.