Wet Wednesday for South West | Severe Weather Warning

Get ready now for severe weather in parts of the South West, Lower South West, Perth Metropolitan, Great Southern.

If you live in the South West and parts of Lower West, South Coastal and Great Southern districts you need to get ready now for the severe weather coming early Wednesday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Perth, Walpole and Yanchep.

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

WHAT TO DO:

DFES 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
  • 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

WEATHER DETAILS:

The Bureau of Meteorology advised an approaching cold front is expected to reach the Capes early Wednesday morning.

The passage of the cold front will cause showers and thunderstorms with gusty winds and moderate to heavy falls.

Showers and thunderstorms associated with the front may produce damaging winds with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour that could cause damage to homes and property southwest of a line from Busselton to Albany by 8am Wednesday morning.

This will extend to be southwest of a line from Yanchep to Narrogin to Katanning to Albany by 2pm Wednesday afternoon.

Damaging surf conditions are likely along the coast from late Wednesday which could cause significant beach erosion.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

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.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.

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 or listen to news bulletins.

Updates will be issued if further information becomes available.