WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:35 am Thursday, 18 June 2020.

Cold and squally airstream over the far southwest of WA, easing during the day.

Weather Situation: A cold and squally airstream over the far southwest of WA will gradually ease during the day.

LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are possible over the warning area, particularly near squally showers and isolated thunderstorms. Conditions will ease from the west during the late morning and early afternoon. 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 between Shark Bay and Bremer Bay.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bridgetown, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Augusta, Denmark, Pemberton, Walpole and Windy Harbour.

Cape Leeuwin recorded a wind gust of 87 km/h at 9:12am AWST.

This is typical weather for this time of year however winds 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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