WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in South West and parts of South Coastal districts.

Issued at 4:22 pm Wednesday, 17 June 2020.
Cold and squally airstream to move over southwest WA Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.

Weather Situation: In the wake of the strong cold front which moved through Wednesday, a cold and squally airstream will move over southwest WA from Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.
The strong cold front which moved through during Wednesday produced wind gusts to 117 km/h at Cape Leeuwin at 9:48am, 98 km/h at Cape Naturaliste at 10:11am and 94 km/h at Mandurah at 12:15pm.
Winds will temporarily ease before strengthening again during Wednesday evening.

LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are again possible near the Southwest Capes by about 8pm Wednesday, particularly near squally showers and isolated thunderstorms. LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS are forecast to extend north to Bunbury and east to Bremer Bay by about 5am Thursday morning. DAMAGING WINDS could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY in localised areas.

Small hail is possible and tides will be higher than expected.

DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS which could cause BEACH EROSION are likely to extend from the Southwest Capes, to Shark Bay and Albany during Thursday.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Collie, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Augusta, Dunsborough, Harvey, Walpole and Windy Harbour.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Lower West and Great Southern districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

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

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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