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Perth Christmas Storms : Severe Weather Event

It’s been a weird weather year for Perth. Now, in the last days of 2017, Perth is set to receive a dose of winter like severe conditions.

Just over a week out from Christmas, the BOM is reporting that winds of up to 100km/hr will sweep SW WA and Perth, along with thunderstorms and heavy rain.

John Farnham Concert Cancelled

Update: Mellen Events has announced the Perth John Farnham Concert has been cancelled tonight – the event will be rescheduled for February 2018.

The Farnham concert was set to take place Sunday evening, December 17 at Kings Park. The event was to feature Mondo Rock, Kate Ceberano & The Badloves.

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The eyes of Australia are on the Perth Ashes Test today – and it’s possible events could be interrupted later Sunday. A line of rain and low pressure is set to bring horrible conditions for Perth.



“The worst of the rainfall for Perth really develops later on this evening after 5:00pm or 6:00pm, so after play has finished,” a spokesperson for the BOM said of the threat to the WACA Test.

Perth Christmas Storms : Carols By Candlelight Cancelled

IGA Carols by Candlelight for Variety Cancelled

A number of outdoor events are being called off, with the Perth Christmas Storms forcing the cancellation IGA Carols by Candlelightt for Variety in Perth City.

“Unfortunately, the severity of conditions and predicted thunderstorms have made it impossible to proceed with the Carols as we hoped.

We are so disappointed and know there will be lots of families feeling the same, but safety is our number one priority for everyone,” the organisers wrote on Sunday morning.

Here’s what the Perth Bureau of Meteorology is saying:

A deep slow-moving low pressure system is expected to pass close to the southwest corner of the State from late Sunday night through to early Monday afternoon.

An associated cold front will affect coastal parts of the South West district during Sunday afternoon and extend over the South West Land Division during Monday.

Showers and thunderstorms may cause DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour which could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY initially southwest of a line from Margaret River to Walpole Sunday afternoon before extending throughout the warning area during Sunday evening.

DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely, which could cause SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION between Cape Naturaliste and Albany during Sunday afternoon before extending northwards to Perth by Sunday evening.

HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES may cause FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS for a period during Sunday evening.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River and Perth.

This weather pattern is unusual for this time of year and is more representative of winter weather.

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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