Monday 7 May 2012 – 8:50 AM
If you live between Mandurah and Bremer Bay you need to get ready now for severe weather coming late this morning and into the afternoon. This includes people in or near Busselton, Albany, Margaret River, Bunbury and Katanning and surrounding areas. This is typical weather for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
WHAT TO DO:
State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family get ready now:
- Secure loose objects around your home 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 applicances 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
- If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water
As at 7.45am the Bureau of Meterology advises the passage of a cold front across the region between 9am and 7pm today is very likely to cause widespread damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour that could cause damage to homes and property. Dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour could cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property in localised areas. Higher than normal tides may cause flooding of low-lying coastal areas. Dangerous surf conditions are likely which could cause significant beach erosion.
- If your home or property has been badly damaged by a storm 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.
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 and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
SES Volunteers repairing damaged roof in previous storm