Weather warning for the South West

Damage in Busselton during previous severe weather. Image Sophie Elliott.
Damage in Busselton during previous severe weather. Image Sophie Elliott.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services have advised residents to take action with severe weather coming in parts of the South West.

Locations which may be affected include Busselton, Margaret River, Augusta and Dunsborough.

A deep low pressure system is currently over the South West and is producing strong and gusty southwesterly winds over western parts of the state.

The southwesterly flow will gradually moderate during tonight.

Damaging winds with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause damage to homes and property for the next few hours.

Winds will gradually moderate during this evening and tonight.

Cape Naturaliste reported 102 km/hr at 1:49pm and Cape Leeuwin reported 96 km/hr at 2pm.

DFES advises 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.

IF DRIVING:

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.

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

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This story Severe weather warning first appeared on Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.