Time of issue: 8.55am
Date of issue: 22 November 2012
Get ready now for severe thunderstorms from Eneabba to Kalgoorlie to York to Lancelin
If you line in an area bounded by Eneabba to Sandstone to Kalgoorlie to Hyden to York to Lancelin and along the west coast to Dongara you need to get ready now for the severe thunderstorms including damaging wind, large hail and heavy rainfall coming this morning.
This includes people in, near and between Jurien Bay, Dalwallinu, York, Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie and surrounding areas.
This type of weather only occurs once or twice 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 get ready now:
- 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
- If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property
- Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning
- 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 7.49am on 22 November 2012 the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging wind, large hail and heavy rainfall for the Gascoyne, Goldfields, Central West, Lower West and Central Wheatbelt forecast districts.
For people in an area bounded by Eneabba to Yalgoo to Sandstone to Kalgoorlie to Hyden to York to Lancelin and along the west coast to Dongara.
This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Jurien Bay, Dalwallinu, York, Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie.
If storms develop they are likely to be more intense than usual and dangerous conditions may occur in some parts of the warning area.
- 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.dfes.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.