Worst weather for Yanchep to the South West Capes

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The worst weather is expected to occur near the west coast between Yanchep and the South West Capes, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. File picture

THE worst of the severe weather approaching the state is expected to occur near the west coast between Yanchep and the South West Capes.

In the 12 hours up to 4.45pm today Capel recorded 52mm and Bunbury 39.4mm of rain.

Cape Leeuwin recorded 28.2mm of rain over the one hour to 5.51pm and Rottnest Island recorded a wind gust of 106km/h at 5.41pm.

This morning (Saturday, June 22) the Bureau of Meteorology said the passage of a strong cold front from this afternoon to early Sunday was expected to cause damaging winds, averaging 60km/h to 70km/h with peak gusts to around 100km/h and could cause damage to homes and property.

In a Department of Fire and Emergency alert the bureau said  damaging winds could start from about 3pm in coastal parts between Jurien Bay and the South West Capes, including the Perth metropolitan area.

This area will extend eastwards to include Narrogin, Katanning and Albany by 8pm and to Hyden and Hopetoun by about midnight on Saturday.

Flash flooding is possible over the warning area with heavy rainfall likely to start near the west coast during Saturday afternoon and evening, extending eastwards with the passage of the front. Thunderstorms with squally winds are also likely during the passage of the front.

The worst weather is expected to occur near the west coast between Yanchep and the South West Capes.
The alert said residents should get ready now for severe weather in parts of the South West, Lower South West, Goldfields-Midlands, Perth Metropolitan and Great Southern.

If you live in the Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and parts of Central West, South East Coastal and Central Wheat Belt districts you need to get ready now for the severe weather coming this afternoon. 

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth. 

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

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 listen to news bulletins.  
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.