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More bad weather on the way for South West region

More bad weather on the way for South West region

DFES have urged people across the South West and the Perth metropolitan area to take care ahead of storms forecast for Wednesday morning.

According to the alert issued on Tuesday afternoon, the “unusual” weather is expected to affect Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Perth, Harvey, Lancelin, Walpole and Yanchep.

The Bureau of Meteorology advised of a developing strong cold front that could produce severe weather conditions from late Wednesday morning through to early Thursday morning.

The worst weather is expected southwest of a line from Mandurah to Walpole.

The strong cold front and deep low may produce damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour that could result in damage to homes and property.

The threat of damaging winds is likely from around 10am about the Southwest Capes, extending to the Perth Metropolitan area from around midday and throughout remaining parts of the warning area during Wednesday afternoon.

In isolated areas dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property.

Tides between Mandurah and Walpole are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark early Wednesday morning with very rough seas and potential flooding of low-lying coastal areas.

This area will extend eastwards to include Albany late Wednesday morning.

Damaging surf conditions are possible along coastal parts between Cape Naturaliste to Walpole, which could cause beach erosion.

Thunderstorms and small hail are also possible with the passage of the front.

The warning advises residents to:

  • 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.
  • If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

In a life threatening situation call 000.

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