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The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 05:52 AM
Date of issue: 03 July 2018
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the South West, Lower South West, Great Southern
If you live in the South West and parts of the South Coastal district you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Busselton, Manjimup, Margaret River, Dunsborough and Walpole.
This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
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 03/07/2018 05:10:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a low pressure system is passing close to the southwest corner of the State early this morning before moving southeast along parts of the south coast during the morning. Showers and thunderstorms may cause damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour which could result in damage to homes and property southwest of a line from Bunbury to Albany, extending to the remaining parts of the warning area by 8am today. Tides between Bunbury and Albany are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark with very rough seas and potential flooding of low-lying coastal areas from early this morning, extending north to Mandurah and east to Esperance late Tuesday morning. Conditions will ease from the west during the late morning and afternoon.
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 contacting your local Shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- 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.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.