GINGIN and some eastern parts of Perth could be hit by strong winds this evening so residents are being warned to prepare their homes.
About 2.30pm the Department of Fire and Emergency Services advised Dwellingup, Ellenbrook, Gingin, Kalamunda, Midland and Mundaring residents to get ready for the bad weather coming tonight.
The alert said gusty easterly winds were common this time of year but the winds were likely to be unusually strong and could cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.
Easterly winds of this strength generally
occur on average once every two to three years.
Residents are advised to store or weigh down loose objects around their homes such as outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury.
They are also advised to ensure their emergency kits are complete and include a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.
Pets and animals need to be in a safe area and vehicles moved under cover.
Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
Electrical appliances should be unplugged and residents should avoid using landline telephone if there is lightning.
If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property.
About 1pm on Monday, March 4 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a strong ridge of high pressure will develop south of the state and will generate strong and gusty easterly winds on and west of the Darling Escarpment from late Monday evening through to Tuesday morning.
Damaging winds with gusts to 90km/h are possible and could cause damage to homes and property most likely about the Hills and Foothills from 11pm on Monday until 8am on Tuesday morning.
If your home is 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 but residents need to contact their insurance companies to organise permanent repairs.
To 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.