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The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 11:09 PM
Date of issue: 03 July 2019
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Perth Metropolitan, South West, Lower South West
If you live in parts of Central West, Lower West and South West districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Bunbury, Geraldton, Mandurah, Margaret River, Perth and Yanchep
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.
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 03/07/2019 22:48:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a cold front is approaching the west coast and should arrive at the Capes about 5 am Thursday morning and Perth about 8 am. On the leading edge of the front conditions may be squally with possible isolated damaging wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour which could cause damage to homes and property. The passage of the front Thursday morning is expected to be accompanied by heavy rainfall with generally widespread falls of 30-50 millimetres possible in coastal areas along the west coast. Tides between Geraldton and Albany are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark.
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.
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.