WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Lower West, South West and parts of South Coastal and Great Southern districts.

Issued at 3:19 pm Sunday, 3 May 2020.

A significant cold front will affect communities in the southwest of Western Australia during Monday.

A cold front will pass over the southwest of the State during Monday and will affect mainly coastal communities of the Lower West, South West and western parts of the South Coastal and Great Southern districts during Monday morning.

Showers and isolated thunderstorms associated with the front may produce DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts up to 100km/h possible that could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY in localised areas.

DAMAGING WINDS may develop about coastal locations of the Lower West and South West districts from 9:00am on Monday then by 11:00am extend to inland parts of those districts as well as western parts of the South Coastal and Great Southern districts.

DAMAGING WINDS are most likely to occur on or just ahead of the leading edge of the cold front, but thunderstorms, showers and gusty winds will continue through much of Monday morning. Conditions will ease from the west from later on Monday afternoon.

Another, stronger cold front will affect the Southwest Land Division during Tuesday afternoon and evening and may produce WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS.

This is typical weather for this time of year but winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker and Perth.

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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