The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
This is a new alert
Time of issue: 11:15 AM
Date of issue: 15 August 2020
Get ready now for severe weather in parts of the Perth Metropolitan, Great Southern, South West, Lower South West
If you live in South West, South Coastal and parts of Lower West and Great Southern districts you need to get ready now for the severe weather coming tonight.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker and Narrogin.
This front is expected to be windier than a typical front and is likely to produce kind of weather that is only seen around 2 times per year.
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.
At 15/08/2020 10:16:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a strong cold front will cross the west coast during Saturday evening and Sunday morning. An associated deep low pressure system will move over parts between Margaret River and Albany Sunday morning.During Saturday evening in western parts of the warning area between Mandurah and Windy Harbour DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. DAMAGING WINDS are expected to extend throughout the warning area early Sunday morning, and then contract to eastern parts of the warning areas late Sunday morning. Conditions are expected to ease by Sunday afternoon.The worst weather is expected in parts between Bunbury and Albany.Tides are likely to rise ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TIDE MARK with VERY ROUGH SEAS and POTENTIAL FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS, especially near the Geographe coast.DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause 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 from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government Authority.
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
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.