The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 05:23 PM
Date of issue: 28 June 2020
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Perth Metropolitan, Lower South West, South West, Great Southern, Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands
If you live in For people in Lower West, South West, South Coastal, South East Coastal, Great Southern, Central Wheat Belt and parts of Goldfields, Eucla and Central West districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Esperance, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Norseman, Northam and Perth.
People in the southwest of WA experience a front as windy as this about 5 times per year.
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 28/06/2020 17:00:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a strong cold front is approaching the west coast Sunday evening with severe weather possible over parts of southwest WA. Weather conditions will ease from the west during Monday morning.Damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are possible and could cause damage to homes and property. Damaging winds are expected to develop southwest of a line from Mandurah to Bridgetown to Windy Harbour by around 8pm Sunday evening, extending to southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Merredin to Bremer Bay, including the Perth Metropolitan area, by around 11pm, and southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Kalgoorlie to Eyre by around 11am Monday morning.Locally dangerous winds, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h are possible southwest of a line from Lancelin to Northam to Walpole, particularly in heavy showers and squally thunderstorms. These winds could cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property.Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected in parts of the Lower West and South West Districts.Tides will be higher than expected between Kalbarri and Albany.Damaging surf conditions are likely which could cause beach erosion about the southwest Capes, extending to coastal areas between Denham and Esperance during Sunday evening.
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 from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the local government.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- Emergency services have answered more than 56 calls for help since 9am this morning.
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 issued if further information becomes available.