WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 2:04 pm Friday, 29 May 2020.
Potential for severe weather over southwest parts of WA during Friday.

Weather Situation:
A cold front is moving through southwest parts of WA and will continue moving towards the north and east during the afternoon. A pool of cold air behind the front will move over the south coast this evening. This front is not as strong as the weather system which moved through Perth and western parts of WA last Sunday and Monday.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are possible, particularly in coastal parts south of Mandurah, and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. Conditions will ease from the west during the evening and overnight.

Squally thunderstorms are possible throughout the warning area with the passage of the front, with small hail also possible south of Bunbury to Katanning behind the front this evening.

HEAVY RAINFALL is possible with rainfall totals of 40 to 50mm in the Perth hills and parts of the Southwest District. Heavy showers and thunderstorms could reduce visibility and make driving conditions hazardous.

Tides will be higher than expected between Yanchep and Mandurah. Tides between Mandurah and Albany are likely to rise ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TIDE MARK with VERY ROUGH SEAS and POTENTIAL FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS. Tides along the lower west coast have been observed at 0.25 to 0.5 of a metre above the predicted tide.
DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are possible which could cause BEACH EROSION about the Southwest Capes and along the south coast to Albany.

This is typical weather for this time of the year. This front is not as strong as the weather system which moved through Perth and western parts of WA last Sunday and Monday, but winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.

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

A wind gust of 104 km/h was reported at Gooseberry Hill at 12:47pm WST.
A wind gust of 93 km/h was reported at Garden Island at 9:05am WST.
A wind gust of 93 km/h was reported at Cape Leeuwin at 8:26am WST.

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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