Please note update throughout.
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 05:13 PM
Date of issue: 01 September 2019
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Great Southern
If you live in the South Coastal and parts of South East Coastal and Great Southern districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Esperance, Katanning, Narrogin, Pingelly, Ravensthorpe and Wagin.
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
Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the South West, Lower South West
As at 01/09/2019 16:19:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe weather warning in the South West and parts of Lower West districts has been cancelled.
To date, DFES has received minimal calls for assistance.
At 01/09/2019 16:19:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a strong cold front is moving east over southern districts. The front will weaken during Sunday evening as it moves further east along the south coast. Showers and isolated thunderstorms associated with the passage of the front may produce damaging gusts averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 kilometres per hour which could result in damage to homes and property. Conditions will ease 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 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 or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be issued if further information becomes available.