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The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 10:58 PM
Date of issue: 17 June 2018
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Great Southern, South West, Lower South West
If you live in the South West, Lower South West or south western parts of the Great Southern you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River 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.
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 17/06/2018 15:30:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised Destructive gusts are possible in isolated areas across the southwest in the next few hours as a cold front moves through. A moderate to strong cold front is currently moving over southwest parts of the State. The weather system may cause WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY in the southern half of the warning area. In isolated areas DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. The threat of severe weather is likely to have ceased at the South West Capes by around 1am Monday and throughout the warning area by 3am on Monday. Gusty showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue during Monday. A second Severe Weather Warning for HEAVY RAINFALL is also current for the Gascoyne and Pilbara districts. Cape Naturalite recorded a wind gust of 94 kilometres per hour at 9:22pm.
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 your local Shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
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.