WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 1:03 pm Wednesday, 6 May 2020.
Severe Weather continues over southwestern WA and will begin to ease during Wednesday afternoon.

A deep low pressure system lies to the south of the state and is currently moving east into the Bight during Wednesday.
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.

Severe winds are currently occurring throughout the warning area. The severe winds should gradually contract to the south coastal parts during Wednesday afternoon.
Severe winds are no longer occurring in the Central West, Central Wheat Belt and the Perth Metropolitan area and the warning for these areas is CANCELLED.

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

DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS, which could cause SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION to coastal locations is still expected between Geraldton and Israelite Bay.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Esperance, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Salmon Gums, Wagin and Walpole.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central Wheat Belt district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

This weather system has produced the kind of weather that is only seen in southwest WA about 2 times per year.

The following severe wind gusts have been recorded in the last 8 hours:
Cape Leeuwin: 104 km/h at 6:48 am.
Cape Naturaliste: 104 km/h at 7:00 am.
Ocean Reef: 93 km/h at 6:30am.
Busselton Jetty: 91 km/h at 10:49am.
Hillary's: 91 km/h at 11:58am.

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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