WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds to Locally Destructive Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:57 am Tuesday, 5 May 2020.

The first widespread cool season weather event to affect Perth and Southwest WA this year is likely from Tuesday afternoon, extending into Wednesday.
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A deep low pressure system and associated cold front are approaching the south west corner of Western Australia. The system will bring very strong, gusty winds and a cold, unstable airmass over the Southwest Land Division from Tuesday afternoon and continuing into Wednesday.

WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100km/h are likely and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

Locally DANGEROUS WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h are possible and could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

These winds are expected to develop around the Southwest Capes after 2pm and then extending from Perth to Albany after 6pm Tuesday before moving through remaining parts of the warning area during Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. The severe weather is expected to continue during Wednesday with the warning area gradually contracting to near south coastal parts.

HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES may cause FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS within the warning area from early Wednesday morning.

DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are also likely from later Tuesday and through Wednesday, which could cause SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION to coastal locations within the warning area.

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

This front is expected to be windier than a typical cold front and is likely to produce the kind of weather that is only seen in Southwest WA about 2 times per year.

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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