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15/07/2013 – Take action with bad weather between Busselton and Albany

Take action with bad weather between Busselton and Albany – Time of issue: 11.30am   Date of issue: 15 July 2013
 
Take action with bad weather between Busselton and Albany .   If you live south west of a line from Busselton to Albany you should take action and stay safe with bad weather including thunderstorms, heavy showers and flash flooding.    This includes people in, near and between Busselton, Albany, Walpole, Augusta and Margaret River.    This is typical weather for this time of year but could 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 there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.

 IF DRIVING: 

  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current
  • Be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy and vehicles could become bogged. 

 WEATHER DETAILS:
As at 10.15am on 15 July 2013 the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is a slow moving cold front is currently affecting the south-west of the state. 
 
Thunderstorms and heavy showers which may lead to flash flooding are forecast for parts of the South West and South Coastal forecast districts.
Witchcliffe has recorded 41.8 millimetres between 8.00am and 9.00am.
The bad weather is expected to move in a north-easterly direction and should ease by 8pm this evening.
 
WHAT SES IS DOING:
Margaret River SES volunteers have attended six requests for assistance related to minor flooding.
 
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.auor 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.auor listen to news bulletins.
 

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