Please note changes under Weather Details and Damage sections
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 11:41 PM
Date of issue: 25 May 2018
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the South West, Lower South West, Great Southern
If you live in South West, South Coastal, parts of South East Coastal, and Great Southern districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Katanning, Manjimup, Mount Barker, Narrogin and Walpole.
The passage of the low is expected to produce conditions windier than a typical cold front and is likely to produce the kind of weather that is only seen around twice a year over the SW corner of WA.
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
Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Perth Metropolitan, South West
As at 25/05/2018 22:56:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe weather warning Lower West and Central Wheat Belt districts has been cancelled.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Lower West (including Perth Metropolitan) and Central Wheat Belt districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
WHAT TO DO:
Now the severe weather has passed, DFES advises you to:
- Keep away from flooded drains, rivers,streams and waterways.
- Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
- Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
- Assess your home, car and property for damage.
- Check to see if your neighbour needs help.
- If damage has occurred, take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
- If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
At 25/05/2018 22:56:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised A deep low is passing to the south of the State with severe weather conditions over southwest WA. At 10:30 pm, radar and satellite imagery showed showers and isolated thunderstorms over southwest parts of WA. Damaging winds with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour which could result in damage to homes and property are possible throughout the warning area. Conditions are expected to gradually ease from the west during Saturday morning. Tides between Margaret River and Walpole are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark with very rough seas and potential flooding of low-lying coastal areas. This area will extend to Albany and Hopetoun during Saturday morning. Damaging surf conditions are likely which may cause beach erosion. The strongest wind gusts recorded since midday Friday include: Cape Leeuwin: 115 kilometres per hour, Busselton Jetty: 111 kilometres per hour, Ocean Reef: 104 kilometres per hour, Rottnest Island: 96 kilometres per hour, Cape Naturaliste: 96 kilometres per hour, Esperance Airport: 91 kilometres per hour. Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Lower West and Central Wheat Belt districts and the warning for these districts is cancelled.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads may be 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 calling your local Shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- Emergency services have answered more than 193 calls for help since 3.00pm yesterday.
- The majority of calls for assistance have come from the Perth Metropolitan area, Lower South West and Great Southern.
- 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, 6PR, or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.