The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 10:56 PM
Date of issue: 26 June 2019
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the South West, Lower South West, Great Southern, Perth Metropolitan
If you live in the South West and parts of Lower West, South Coastal and Great Southern districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Narrogin and Perth.
This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
- 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.
- 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.
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
At 26/06/2019 22:44:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a strong cold front is currently moving across the South West Capes, and will extend over the southwest corner of WA early Thursday morning. A pool of cold unstable air will follow in wake of the front. Showers and thunderstorms associated with the cold front and pool of cold unstable air may produce damaging winds with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour that could cause damage to homes and property within the warning area late Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Damaging winds are expected around the South West Capes and should extend to reach the Perth Metropolitan Area and Albany by 4am Thursday morning. Conditions are expected to ease by early Thursday afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms may produce moderate to heavy rainfall at times, particularly about the South West and Lower West districts. A combination of rising swell and strong to gale force winds will likely result in damaging surf conditions along the coast from late Wednesday which could cause significant beach erosion.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Roads have not been closed.
Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local Shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.
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 or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.