07/05/2013 - Prepare for bad weather

Continue to get ready for dangerous weather from Geraldton to Northam to Walpole.   If you live south west of a line from Geraldton to Northam to Walpole you need to get ready now for the  dangerous weather coming this evening.   This includes people in Jurien Bay, Augusta, Busselton, Bunbury, Mandurah, the Perth metropolitan area and surrounding areas. This does not include Northam or the Central Wheat Belt.
 
The weather overnight Tuesday and into early Wednesday is typical weather for this time of the year but winds may cause localised damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.  The passage of the deep low on Wednesday and Thursday is likely to produce the kind of weather that is only seen once or twice a year and the worst weather is likely to be south of Bunbury.
 
WHAT TO DO:
State Emergency Service (SES) 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
  • If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning
  • Construction site workers should store loose building material and tie down sheds
  • Boat owners should securely moor their boats Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams

 WEATHER DETAILS:
As at 11.12am on 7 May 2013 the Bureau of Meteorology advises a strong cold front will move over the region Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. During Wednesday and Thursday a deep low will pass to the south of the state.   The passage of the strong cold front Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning may cause localised dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour that could cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property. 
Thunderstorms and moderate to heavy falls are also possible.

During Wednesday and Thursday a deep low will pass just to the south of the state. This system may bring widespread damaging winds, locally destructive gusts and abnormally high tides. Large swells may cause beach erosion.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • If your home  has been badly damaged by a storm call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
  • For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213

 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 and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
• Call 1300 657 209, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.