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​Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the Great Southern

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 8:20am
Category: Storm Alert Summary: As at 7.55am 24 May 2016 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe weather warning in an area bounded by Albany to Narrogin to Lake Grace to Bremer Bay has been cancelled. Content:

As at 7.55am 24 May 2016 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe weather warning in an area bounded by Albany to Narrogin to Lake Grace to Bremer Bay has been cancelled.

A cold front over southern WA currently lies east of Albany and is weakening as it continues to move eastwards. 

Showers and isolated thunderstorms are still occurring in some areas but damaging winds are no longer expected. 

Heavy rain has fallen in parts of the Southwest overnight and susceptible areas may still be experiencing localised flooding.

To date, DFES has had 25 calls for assistance.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION:


No further updates will be issued.

Publication Time: 24/05/2016 8:17 AM Expiration Time: 24/05/2016 5:00 PM

Take action for severe weather in parts of the Great Southern Region.

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 6:14am
Category: Storm Alert Summary: If you live in an area bounded by a line from Albany to Narrogin to Lake Grace to Bremer Bay and back along the coast to Albany you should take action and stay safe with more severe weather to come. This includes people in or near Narrogin and Katanning, but does NOT include people in Albany. The warning for people in areas southwest of a line from Lancelin to Narrogin to Albany (including the Perth metropolitan area) has been CANCELLED. Content:

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.  

WHAT TO DO:
• If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
• Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
• Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
• 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 boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.

IF DRIVING:
• Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
• Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
• Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
• If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
• Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.
Take care in the Perth Metropolitan, Lower South West and South West Regions.
The severe weather warning for southwest of a line from Lancelin to Narrogin to Albany including the Perth metropolitan area has been cancelled, but people in these areas should take care when going outside and assessing damage.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe once the severe weather has passed: 
• Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
• Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
• Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
• Assess your home, car and property for damage.
• Check to see if your neighbour needs help.
• If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
• If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
The number of calls for help is likely to increase as people wake up.
State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING: Emergency services have answered a number calls for help after a severe weather hit the southwest of WA this morning.
TRAFFIC LIGHT OUTAGES:
The traffice signals at Patterson Road, Flinders Lane and Read Street in Rockingham is currently blacked out.  
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 
 
Motorists should drive with caution and expect delays until normal traffic conditions are restored.
WEATHER DETAILS:
As at 05:03am on  24 May 2016 the Bureau of Meteorology advises a strong col front is currently affecting southwest WA.
The front may cause WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY through the warning area over the next two or three hours. Conditions are then expected to ease quickly after sunrise.
The following wind gusts were recorded earlier with the passage of the front:
• 102 kilometres per hour at Cape Leeuwin at 1:20 am Tuesday.
• 100 kilometres per hour at Busselton Jetty at 12:16 am Tuesday.
• 96 kilometres per hour at Rottnest Island at 12:56 am Tuesday.
• 94 kilometres per hour at Cape Naturaliste at 11:54 pm Monday.
People in the southwest of WA experience a front as windy as this about 5 times per year.   IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
• To report downed powerlines call Western Power on 13 13 51
After a storm State Emergency Service (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:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
For the latest weather warnings visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings or call 1300 659 213.   The next update will be provided when the situation changes. Publication Time: 24/05/2016 6:09 AM

Continue to get ready now for severe weather in parts the Perth Metropolitan, South West, Lower South West and Great Southern Regions.

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 12:11am
Category: Storm Alert Summary: If you live in an area south west of a line from Lancelin to Bremer Bay you need to continue to get ready now for the severe weather coming tomorrow morning. This includes people in the Perth metropolitan area, Mandurah, Narrogin, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Bridgetown, Margaret River, Albany and surrounding areas. Content:


This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

 

WHAT TO DO:

DFES 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
• Boat owners should securely moor their boats
• Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
• Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephone if there is lightning.
If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property

STORM DETAILS:
As at 11:00pm on 23 May 2016 the Bureau of Meteorology advises a strong cold front will affect the southwest WA late Monday evening and during the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The front is likey to cause widespread damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour that could result in damage to homes and property. In isolated areas dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour could cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property. 
Damaging winds have developed about the Southwest Capes, and will extent through the remainder of the warning area during the early hours of Tuesday morning, with coastal areas the most likel to be affected. Conditions are expected quickly after the passage of the front.
Higher than normal tides may cause flooding of low lying coastal areas particulary along the west coast during Tuesday morning around the time of high tide.
Dangerous surf conditions which could cause some beach erosion are likely.
Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is possible with the passage of the cold front, with the heaviest falls expected in western parts of the warning area.
A wind gust of 98 kilometres per hour was reported from Cape Leeuwin at 9:59pm.
People in the southwest of WA experience a front as windy as this about five times per year.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm State Emergency Service (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:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
For the latest weather warnings visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings or call 1300 659 213.   The next update will be provided when the situation changes.

Publication Time: 24/05/2016 12:05 AM
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