WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging to Destructive Winds

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

for DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES and DAMAGING SURF

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

Issued at 7:17 am Tuesday, 19 October 2021.

Possible damaging winds over central and western parts of the State during Tuesday. Destructive winds over western coastal parts Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning..

Weather Situation:
A rain band will move over western and central parts of the State during Tuesday with areas of raised dust and DAMAGING winds possible ahead of the rain band. A deepening low pressure system will then move over during Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, bringing a period of potential DESTRUCTIVE WINDS to areas near the west coast.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 40 to 70 kilometres per hour with gusts to 90 kilometres per hour are possible over the eastern Gascoyne and Goldfields from around 10am WST Tuesday, moving to over the southern Goldfields, Eucla and adjacent parts of the South East Coastal district during Tuesday afternoon and evening before easing. WINDS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

During Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning, WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTIVE WINDS averaging 80 to 90 kilometres per hour with gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour are possible over the Central West District, Lower West district, South West district, Central Wheat Belt, Great Southern and South Coastal districts.

WINDS MAY CAUSE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY, particularly near the west coast.

Winds will begin to ease near sunrise on Wednesday.

HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES and DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS which could cause SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION are possible between Kalbarri and Cape Leeuwin Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.

Please note that the warning for western parts during Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning has been upgraded and extended to reflect the latest forecast information and expected conditions.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Kalgoorlie, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Meekatharra, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Norseman, Northam, Paraburdoo and Perth.

This system is expected to be windier than is typical for this time of year and in particular wind gusts near the west coast Tuesday evening are potentially to be of a strength seen only once or twice a year.

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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