A severe weather warning has been issued in Western Australia by the Bureau of Meteorology.
People in Perth and surrounding areas should take care while out and about this morning.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in the Lower West, South West, South Coastal and parts of the Central West, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt districts.
Issued at 4:17 am Monday, 31 July 2017.
A strong cold front will move through southwestern parts of the State during this morning and early afternoon. The front is expected to lie near the South West Capes about 7-8am this morning, reach the Perth Metropolition area about 10-11am and Albany between 11am and midday.
A period of thunderstorms and showers associated with the front may produce DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometers per hour that could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.
In isolated areas DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.
Conditions will ease after the passage of the cold front though cold, squally showers with possible thunderstorms and small hail will continue over the area for the remainder of Monday.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth metropolitian area.
This is typical weather for this time of year but winds may cause damage to property and make conditions hazardous.
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.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AWST Monday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213. The Bureau and Department of Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.