WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging to Locally Destructive Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Goldfields, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, South East Coastal, Great Southern, Central Wheat Belt and parts of Eucla and Central West districts.

Issued at 2:06 am Monday, 25 May 2020.
Widespread severe weather over southwestern parts of WA with dangerous weather in some parts.

Weather Situation:
A deep low-pressure system is passing to the southwest of the State this morning and will move east to the south of the State later today and on Tuesday.
WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are likely and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. DAMAGING WINDS are occurring in areas southwest of a line from Lancelin to Gnowangerup to Walpole, including Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury and Busselton, and over the Goldfields including Kalgoorlie.
DAMAGING WINDS may also occur over remaining parts of the warning area south of Jurien Bay for a period during this morning before contracting back to southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Bremer Bay during the afternoon. Damaging winds are no longer expected over the northern Central West and Gascoyne areas including Kalbarri, Geraldton and Mount Magnet.

Locally DANGEROUS WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts of around 130 km/h are possible southwest of a line from Lancelin to Bremer Bay, including Perth, Bunbury, Busselton and Albany. DANGEROUS WINDS could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. Locally DANGEROUS WINDS are currently occurring near the Southwest Capes.

Moderate to heavy rainfall may also occur southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Walpole with isolated rainfall totals to around 60mm, easing during today.

Residents in coastal areas between Kalbarri and Augusta are specifically warned of the POTENTIAL OF A DANGEROUS STORM TIDE, extending to Albany during today. Tides are likely to rise SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TIDE MARK with DAMAGING WAVES and
DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION. DAMAGING SURF is expected to continue for coastal parts between Denham and Israelite Bay into Tuesday.

SEVERE WEATHER is no longer expected in the Gascoyne and the warning for this district has been CANCELLED.

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

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Gascoyne district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

The following severe wind gusts have been recorded since 11 pm AWST:
126 km/h at Cape Leeuwin at 12:53 am AWST.
109 km/h at Busselton Jetty at 11:48pm AWST.
109 km/h at Rottnest Island at 11:02pm AWST.
106 km/h at Cape Naturaliste at 12:49am AWST.
99 km/h at Ocean Reef at 1:23am AWST.
94 km/h at Kalgoorlie Airport at 11:15pm AWST.
94 km/h at Busselton Airport at 11:59pm AWST.
92 km/h at Witchcliffe at 11:16pm AWST.
Coastal locations between Kalbarri and Geographe Bay are currently recording tides much higher than normal. Many locations have already recorded tides exceeding their highest tides of the year.
Notable rainfall since 9am ASWT Sunday morning includes
Margaret River 47.6mm
Duggans (near Margaret River) 46.8mm
Harman South Rd (north of Margaret River) 45.8mm
Wilyabrup (north of Margaret River) 44.8mm

This is a rare event for WA particularly due to the extent of the area affected and the possibility of multiple areas of dangerous weather.

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 boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
* Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
* Assess your home, car and property for damage.
* If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
* If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.


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