SEVERE WEATHER WARNING for Damaging Winds For people in areas southwest of a line Kalbarri to Mount Magnet to Laverton to Israelite Bay including the Perth metropolitan area, Geraldton, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Albany, Esperance and Kalgoorlie.
An approaching cold front is expected to cause damaging wind gusts to 90 kilometres per hour this evening and into Friday. The strong winds are expected near the west coast this evening and tonight including Perth, extending to inland areas and along the southern coast during Friday. Heavy rain and localised stronger gusts are possible with thunderstorms, and small hail is also possible in southern areas. Conditions should moderate during Friday from the west.
Higher than normal tides may result in inundation of low-lying coastal areas near the time of high tide along the west coast on Friday morning between 6am and 10am.
FESA State Emergency Service [SES] advises people to secure loose objects, move vehicles under cover and stay inside away from windows. If caught outside find shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams. Boat owners should make sure their boats are securely moored. Take extra care on the roads. If driving through heavy rain slow down and turn your lights on or if visibility becomes low pull over and park until it passes. For SES assistance call 132 500. For more safety tips visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au