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06/05/2013 – Prepare now for dangerous weather from Geraldton to Northam to Walpole

Prepare now for dangerous weather from Geraldton to Northam to Walpole.

If you live in parts of WA southwest of a line from Geraldton to Northam to Walpole you need to prepare your home and family now for dangerous weather from tomorrow until Thursday.   This includes people in, near or between Jurien Bay, Augusta, Busselton, Bunbury, Mandurah and the Perth metropolitan area and surrounding areas.
 
The expected weather tomorrow is typical for this time of the year but could cause significant damage to homes and make travel very dangerous.   This cold front is one of a series of systems to affect the western and southern parts of Western Australia this week.

 
WHAT TO DO:

State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family prepare before the dangerous weather starts:

  • Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car
  • Clear gutters and downpipes so they do not overflow after heavy rain
  • Store or weigh down loose objects around your home or work like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
  • Prepare an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.

WEATHER DETAILS:

As at 4.14pm on 6 May 2013 the Bureau of Meteorology advises a strong cold front will move over the region during Tuesday evening.   During Wednesday a deep low will pass to the south of the state.    The passage of the strong cold front late Tuesday afternoon and evening may cause localised dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour that could cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property.
 
 IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • 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.

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