If you live southwest of a line between Lancelin and Bremer Bay you need to get ready now for the dangerous weather coming this afternoon.
This includes people in the Perth metropolitan area, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Augusta, Walpole, Albany and surrounding areas.
WHAT TO DO:
State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family get ready for the bad weather:
- Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
- Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
- Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
- Move vehicles under cover
- Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning
- If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property
- Construction site workers should store loose building material and tie down sheds
- Boat owners should securely moor their boats
- Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
As at 9.55am the Bureau of Meteorology advises a deepening low pressure system to the south of the State, combined with a cold front, is likely to cause widespread damaging winds up to 100 kilometres per hour today that could damage homes and make travel dangerous. In isolated areas locally destructive gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour may cause significant damage or destruction of property. Severe winds are expected to develop in Dwellingup, Bunbury, Busselton, Augusta, and Walpole by this afternoon and will extend to other parts including Perth later this afternoon and tonight.
Thunderstorms, hail and local flooding are also possible. This is typical weather for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
* If your home or property has been badly damaged by a storm and you can’t fix it yourself, call the SES on 132 500
* In a life threatening situation call 000
* For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213