A severe weather warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning for Perth and surrounding areas.
People are warned that strong winds could cause damage to homes and property.
We can expect a maximum of 14 degrees today, with showers and the chance of a thunderstorm.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in parts of the
Central West and
Lower West districts.
Issued at 7:29 am Wednesday, 9 August 2017.
A strong westerly flow and cold air mass in the wake of a cold front is developing over the south west of the state. The westerly flow will ease during this afternoon. Thunderstorms and showers associated with the cold air mass may produce DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.
This is typical weather for this time of the year but winds may cause damage to
property and make road conditions hazardous.
Locations which may be affected include Geraldton, Perth, Eneabba, Jurien Bay, Lancelin and Yanchep.
The following wind gusts have been recorded:
94 kilometres per hour at Ocean Reef at 5.33am AWST.
91 kilometres per hour at North Island at 6.20am AWST.
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 Wednesday.
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.