Get ready now for severe weather in parts of the South West, Lower South West, Great Southern
If you live in the South West and parts of the South Coastal district you need to get ready now for the severe weather coming from midnight tonight.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Busselton, Manjimup, Margaret River, Augusta, Dunsborough, Pemberton, Walpole and Windy Harbour.
This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family get ready now:
- Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
- Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
- Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
- Move vehicles under cover
- Boat owners should securely moor their boats
- Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
- Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephone if there is lightning.
If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property
At 02/07/2018 11:35:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a low pressure system is expected to pass close to the southwest corner of the State early Tuesday morning before moving southeast along parts of the south coast during Tuesday morning. Showers and thunderstorms may cause damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour which could result in damage to homes and property over the Southwest Capes from midnight Monday, extending over the rest of the warning area from 2am Tuesday morning. Tides between Bunbury and Albany are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark with very rough seas and potential flooding of low-lying coastal areas from early Tuesday morning, extending north to Geraldton and east to Esperance late Tuesday morning.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads may be closed
Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- Emergency services have answered more than 6 calls for help since 12pm yesterday.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
- If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
- In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.