The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Please note changes under Weather Details section
Time of issue: 07:28 PM
Date of issue: 22 June 2020
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Perth Metropolitan, Great Southern, South West, Lower South West
If you live in 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 Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River and Perth.
This is typical weather for this time of year but winds and rain may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.
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 22/06/2020 19:23:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a cold front is currently moving across the west coast and is expected to continue to move east across the Southwest Land Division during this evening. Showers and squally thunderstorms associated with the front may produce DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h possible which could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. DAMAGING WINDS are currently expected southwest of a line from Lancelin to Walpole. Conditions will contract to the far southwest after midnight and continue to ease during Tuesday morning. Moderate to heavy rainfall is likely over the Southwest District. Tides are currently higher then expected, particularly in the Geographe Bay area, and are likely to remain higher than expected for the remainder of Monday and early Tuesday. DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS which could cause BEACH EROSION are likely to develop during Tuesday morning between Geraldton and Albany. A wind gust of 89 kilometres per hour was recorded at Cape Naturaliste at 4.05pm WST. A wind gust of 89 kilometres per hour was recorded at Rottnest Island at 4.14pm WST.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads may be closed
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the relevant shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
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 news bulletins.
During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.