WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:06 am Sunday, 28 June 2020.

Conditions have eased but are expected to deteriorate as a much stronger cold front moves across southwest WA from Sunday evening.

Weather Situation:
A cold front moved through southwest WA during Sunday morning and has weakened. A much stronger cold front will move through from Sunday evening with severe weather possible over parts of southwest WA. Weather conditions will ease from the west during Monday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are possible and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. DAMAGING WINDS are expected to develop southwest of a line from Mandurah to Bridgetown to Windy Harbour by around 8pm Sunday evening, extending to southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Merredin to Bremer Bay, including the Perth Metropolitan area, by around 11pm, and southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Kalgoorlie to Eyre by around 11am Monday morning.

Locally DANGEROUS WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h are possible southwest of a line from Lancelin to Northam to Walpole, particularly in heavy showers and squally thunderstorms. These winds could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected in parts of the Lower West and South West Districts.

Tides will be higher than expected between Kalbarri and Albany.

DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause BEACH EROSION about the southwest Capes, extending to coastal areas between Denham and Esperance during Sunday evening.

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

People in the southwest of WA experience a front as windy as this about 5 times per year.

In the 24 hours to 9am Sunday, the following rainfall totals were recorded:

35.6mm at Worsley Downs

32,2mm at Mount William

29.8mm at Jurien Bay

Cape Leeuwin recorded a wind gust of 98 km/h at 3:05am.

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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