A strong cold front is expected to pass over the states South West from Saturday afternoon to early Sunday with predicted thunderstorms expected to cause damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 kilometres per hour with gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour with the potential to cause damge to homes and property.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts damgaging winds to commence from about 3pm in coastal areas between Jurien Bay and the South West Capes, including the Perth Metropolitan area.
The high wind gusts will extend eastwards to include Narrogin, Katanning and Albany by 8pm and to Lake King and Hopetoun by around midnight Saturday.
The worst of the weather is expected to occur near the west coast between Yanchep and the South West Capes.
The Bureau of Meteorology said this is typical weather for this time of the year but winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.
The Depertment of Fire and Emergency service are monitoring the situation and advise the following:
What to do:
- 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.
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.
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:
- www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337),
- follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa,
- Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/
- The Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.