The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Please note severe weather is no longer occurring in the South West. There are changes under Weather Details section
Time of issue: 02:31 PM
Date of issue: 29 June 2020
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Great Southern
If you live in South Coastal and parts of South East Coastal districts you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Esperance, Mount Barker, Hopetoun, Israelite Bay and Walpole.
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
Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the South West, Lower South West
As at 29/06/2020 13:43:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe weather warning the South West district has been cancelled.
WHAT TO DO:
Now the severe weather has passed, DFES advises you to:
- Keep away from flooded drains, rivers,streams and waterways.
- Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
- Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
- Assess your home, car and property for damage.
- Check to see if your neighbour needs help.
- If damage has occurred, take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
- If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
At 29/06/2020 13:43:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a vigorous cold pool associated with the passage of a front is moving along the south coast. The squally conditions currently being experienced will continue for the next few hours and then weather conditions will begin to ease by Monday evening. 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 through the warning area. Tides are expected to remain higher than predicted between Kalbarri and Albany but will gradually return to normal Monday evening. DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause BEACH EROSION between Denham and Esperance. These conditions will continue into Tuesday however will contract to be south of Mandurah.Strong wind gusts that have been recorded on Monday are:111 km/h (60 knots) at Cape Leeuwin at 10:05am AWST 29 June.94 km/h (51 knots) at Cape Naturaliste at 2:08am AWST 29 June.94 km/h (51 knots) at Busselton Jetty at 4:15am AWST 29 June.93km/h (50 knots) at Garden Island at 3:44am AWST 29 June.Rainfall figures recorded to 9 am AWST Monday 29 June are:Bickley 90.2 mmCollie 61 mmChidlow 59.8 mmKarragullen North 58.2 mmMundaring 55.2 mm
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads may be 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 160 calls for help since 9am yesterday.
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.