WA Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Lower West and South West districts.

Issued at 5:58 am Thursday, 27 February 2020.

Scattered thunderstorms developing near and off the west coast may become severe.

Weather Situation: At 5:50am radar and satellite imagery showed thunderstorms developing near and off the west coast, moving quickly towards the south southeast.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds with gusts to 90 km/h, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area. Locations which may be affected include Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Dunsborough, Harvey and Rottnest Island.

Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
* Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
* Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line 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.
* Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
* Slow down and turn your headlights on.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines 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.


 

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