Time of issue: 11.05am
Date of issue: 5 December 2012
Get ready now for severe thunderstorms for western parts of WA from Newman to Bridgetown including Perth metropolitan area. If you live in parts of WA bounded by Newman to Wiluna to Southern Cross to Bridgetown to Bunbury to Perth to Jurien Bay to Kalbarri to Minilya to Millstream you need to get ready now for severe thunderstorms.
This includes people in, near or between Newman, Meekatharra, Southern Cross, Narrogin, Bridgetown, Bunbury, Mandurah, Perth metropolitan area, York, Dalwallinu and Northampton and surrounding areas. This does not include Jurien Bay, Geraldton or Kalbarri.
This is not unusual weather for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
WHAT TO DO:
The 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 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
- 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 on 5 December 2012 the Bureau of Meteorology advises that there is a risk of severe thunderstorms developing late morning and continuing into the evening. Storms may be accompanied by heavy rainfall which may, lead to flash flooding, large hail and damaging winds that could cause damage to homes and property.
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.