Take action with the start of bad weather between Lancelin, Southern Cross, Israelite Bay and the coast, including the Perth Metropolitan area. If you live between Lancelin, Southern Cross, Israelite Bay and the coast you should take action and stay safe with the start of bad weather. This includes people in Albany, Bridgetown, Margaret River, Busselton, Bunbury, Katanning, Narrogin, York, Southern Cross, Esperance, Mandurah, Perth Metropolitan Area and surrounding areas. This type of weather only occurs about five times a year and could cause major damage to homes and make travel dangerous.
WHAT TO DO:
State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family stay safe:
- 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 driving slow down, keep a safe distance from other drivers and drive with caution
As at 10.05am on 21 September 2012 the Bureau of Meteorology advises a strong cold front is expected to cause widespread damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour. In isolated areas dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour could cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property. Dangerous surf conditions are also expected. The bad weather is expected southwest of a line from Lancelin to Corrigin to Bremer Bay during Friday morning. During Friday afternoon and early evening, the bad weather should extend further east towards Esperance and Southern Cross.
Conditions should ease during the evening.
A wind gust of 100 kilometres per hour was reported at Cape Leeuwin at 9.42am.
- If your home 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.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 1300 657 209, visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.