Cold front alert includes Yanchep, Lancelin and Gingin

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A slow moving cold front over southwest WA during Thursday morning will produce showers and thunderstorms with the potential for heavy rainfall. Picture: Anita McInnes

THE Bureau of Meteorology says the passage of a slow moving cold front over southwest WA during Thursday morning will produce showers and thunderstorms with the potential for heavy rainfall.

Heavy rainfall which may lead to localised flash flooding may develop over the Southwest Capes from about 2am on Thursday morning, extending to coastal parts between Jurien Bay and Augusta, including Perth, between 5am and 8am and remaining parts of the warning area between 8am and 10am.

Heavy rainfall is expected to ease by around midday Thursday.

The passage of the front may also produce squally thunderstorms during Thursday morning. Tides will be higher than expected in coastal parts of the warning area.

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

This is a new alert

Time of issue: 03:45 PM
Date of issue: 10 June 2020

Get ready now for showers and thunderstorms in parts of the Perth Metropolitan, Midwest-Gascoyne, Great Southern, South West, Lower South West
If you live in the Lower West, South West and parts of Central West districts you need to get ready now for the showers and thunderstorms coming early tomorrow morning.

Locations which may be affected include Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Perth, Dunsborough, Gingin, Harvey, Jurien Bay, Lancelin 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:
At 10/06/2020 15:17:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised the passage of a slow moving cold front over southwest WA during Thursday morning will produce showers and thunderstorms with the potential for heavy rainfall. HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to localised FLASH FLOODING may develop over the Southwest Capes from about 2am Thursday morning, extending to coastal parts between Jurien Bay and Augusta, including Perth, between 5am and 8am and remaining parts of the warning area between 8am and 10am. Heavy rainfall is expected to ease by around midday Thursday. The passage of the front may also produce squally thunderstorms during Thursday morning. Tides will be higher then expected in coastal parts of the warning area.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting 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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Updates will be provided when the situation changes.