WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 1:57 pm Thursday, 29 July 2021.
A strong cold front will continue to move across the South West Land Division during Thursday afternoon with possible damaging wind gusts.

Weather Situation: An intensifying cold front is moving over the South West Land Division bringing squally showers to much of the area.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 100 km/h that could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY are occurring over the warning area west of Ravensthorpe, extending throughout the warning area Thursday evening.
Locally DANGEROUS WIND GUSTS in excess of 125 km/h which could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY are possible southwest of a line from Mandurah to Albany.

Tides will be higher than expected between Geraldton and Esperance.
DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS which could cause SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION between Shark Bay and Albany are likely Thursday and will continue into Friday.

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

People in the southwest of WA experience a front as windy as this about 3 to 4 times a year.
Cape Leeuwin AWS reported a wind gust of 120 km/h at 1:24pm WST Thursday.
Cape Naturaliste AWS reported a wind gust of 96 km/h at 12:26pm WST Thursday.
North Walpole AWS reported a wind gust of 93 km/h at 1:36pm WST Thursday.
Busselton Jetty AWS reported a wind gust of 91 km/h at 12:32pm WST Thursday.

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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