Please note change in the alert level.
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 11:18 PM
Date of issue: 30 March 2018
Cancellation of thunderstorms warning for parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern
As at 30/03/2018 23:05:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the thunderstorms warning Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt districts has been cancelled.
WHAT TO DO:
Now the thunderstorms 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 30/03/2018 23:05:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a surface trough inland from the west coast has triggered a large area of showers and thunderstorms which are now moving eastwards through the eastern South West Land Division and adjacent goldfields. Whilst thunderstorms are still expected this evening, severe thunderstorms are no longer occuring.The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.A wind gust of 113 km/h was recorded at Merredin at 5:25pm WST which caused structual damage to property.Damage to property has also been reported in Trayning around the same time.
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 your local Shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- Emergency services have answered more than eight calls for help since 3:00pm.
- Merredin and Trayning are worst hit areas with seven calls for help
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.
No further updates will be issued.