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Tuesday 23 March 2010 – 1:00 PM , More storms coming

Storms coming for an area bounded by Lancelin, Cunderdin to Hopetoun, Perth, coastal and metropolitan areas.

People are being urged to take action and stay safe with widespread thunderstorms coming this afternoon in areas bounded by Lancelin to Cunderdin and west of Hopetoun. This includes Northam, York, Lake Grace, Katanning, Mt Barker, Albany, Bridgetown, Busselton, Bunbury and Perth, metropolitan and coastal areas.

The storm is expected to be severe in the Great Southern, South West and Goldfields Midlands regions. The worst conditions are expected in the South West.

If you live in the Great Southern, South West and Goldfields Midlands region bounded by Lancelin to Cunderdin and west of Hopetoun you need to get ready for bad weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises the storm will hit any time from midday through to this evening. The Bureau advises the storm may bring damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding that could damage your home and make travel unsafe.

Perth Metropolitan region:

If you live in the Perth metropolitan north and south regions you may also be impacted as the storm passes through the area.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises the storm will hit any time from midday through to this evening, but is not expected to be as intense as yesterday’s storm. The Bureau advises the storm may bring damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding.

FESA Area Operations Manager Paul Ryan said people with damaged homes, as the result of yesterday’s severe storm over Perth, need to do the best they can to prepare for more possible wind and rain.

“We are aware the SES may not have got to everyone who called for assistance last night,” Mr Ryan said. “If it is safe to do so you need to take steps for more squally weather this afternoon. “This may include covering furniture with plastic or tarpaulins if you have a leaking roof and putting valuable and documents in sealed bags and storing them in a dry place.”

Mr Ryan said people should also be careful if driving and if possible park cars under cover.

FESA’s State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family stay safe when a storm approaches:

* Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows

* If caught outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams

* If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water

* 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 driving, take extra care on the roads:

· Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers

· If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears

· Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current

After the storm there may be many calls for assistance. SES volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

* If the storm has caused damage to your home that you can’t fix yourself, like badly damaged roofs, flooding or fallen trees call the SES on 132 500

· In a life threatening situation call 000

· For information about road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138

· To report fallen power lines call Western Power on 13 13 51

· For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213

· If you have concerns regarding your insurance coverage contact the Insurance Council of Australia on 1300 728 228.This number is not for claims.

More information about what to do before, during or after a storm can be found at www.fesa.wa.gov.au

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