Prepare for a widespread severe weather event.
As reported yesterday, the Bureau of Meteorology has put the West Coast of WA on alert including Perth and the surrounds as potentially dangerous Perth storm will hit today and tomorrow.
Locations to be impacted close to the WA west coast are:
- Margaret River
- Mount Barker
- Mount Magnet
Severe Weather Update from BOM Perth: Low pressure system impacting Western Australia Current 9am AWST 24 May 2020
The latest update from Bureau of Meteorology reports W.A. should prepare for an unusually widespread severe weather event along the west coast commencing around midday today.
Heavy rain and very gusty winds are likely with dangerous waves exceeding 8 meters and abnormal storm tides.
While most areas will receive winds gusts to 100km/h, multiple low pressure systems are forming in the approaching trough. Winds near these centres will be especially severe with localised gusts to 130km/h possible.
The most severe winds for the south west including Perth are likely to be this evening and overnight into Monday.
By tonight, severe weather will be confined to the south west of W.A. and will ease during Monday.
Watch: The Bureau of Meteorology, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Main Roads WA are providing an update on the severe weather forecast to impact WA today.
What do to?
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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