DFES says prepare for severe weather now

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Damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are expected in the metropolitan area including Yanchep and Lancelin tonight. File picture

YANCHEP and Lancelin residents are being reminded to take action now in preparation for severe weather due to hit the metropolitan area by about 11pm today.

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

Please note this alert has been upgraded to Take Action Now

Time of issue: 03:13 PM
Date of issue: 13 July 2020

Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Perth Metropolitan, Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern, South West, Lower South West

If you live in Lower West, South West and parts of South Coastal and Great Southern districts. you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.

Locations which may be affected include Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Manjimup, Margaret River, Augusta, Dunsborough, Harvey, Lancelin, 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 advises you 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.

WEATHER DETAILS:
At 13/07/2020 15:07:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a strong cold front is approaching from the west and will move through southwest WA from late Monday into early Tuesday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are possible and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY, particularly in showers and thunderstorms.

DAMAGING WINDS are expected to develop about the Southwest Capes after 9pm Monday evening, extending throughout the warning area, including the Perth Metropolitan area, by around 11pm.

Conditions will ease during Tuesday morning although squally thunderstorms and small hail may persist until early Tuesday afternoon southwest of a line from Bunbury to Bremer Bay. Locally DANGEROUS WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h are possible with the passage of the front, southwest of a line from Mandurah to Walpole and could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY in localised areas.

Heavy rainfall is possible in the Lower West and South West Districts.

Tides will be higher than expected between Kalbarri and Albany, particularly during Tuesday morning.

DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause BEACH EROSION between Bunbury and Walpole on Tuesday.

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 the 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.