People in parts of the South-West and South Coastal districts are being warned to prepare for severe weather expected throughout Thursday.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Mount Barker and Walpole.
At 1.30pm on Wednesday, June 5 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a strong cold front is expected to approach the southwest during Thursday, arriving at the Capes around 11 pm Thursday night.
As the cold front approaches the Capes, northerly winds are expected to strengthen.
Average winds may reach 50 to 60 kilometres per hour with damaging gusts, possibly to 100 kilometres per hour at times, from Thursday morning.
Tides between Geraldton and Albany are higher than normal at present and are expected to remain so during Thursday and Friday.
Tides are expected to rise SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TIDE MARK with the POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS. DAMAGING SURF conditions are possible which could cause BEACH EROSION between Bunbury and Cape Leeuwin.
Heavy rainfall is expected with the passage of the front overnight Thursday and continuing into Friday.
Falls between 30 and 50 millimetres along the west coast with isolated heavier falls possible extending up the west coast to Carnarvon.
This front is the first in a series of significant fronts to affect the southwest of the state and brings to an end an extended dry period through much of the South-West Land Division.
Further fronts are expected over the weekend and into early next week.
The winds ahead of the front on Thursday and Friday are expected to be windier than a typical front.
The fronts on Saturday and Sunday are also expected to be windier than a typical front and it is likely that Severe Weather Warnings will be issued for these events.
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.
DFES is monitoring the situation.
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.
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.
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