Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Eucla and South East Coastal forecast districts
Issued at 4:42 am WST on Wednesday 28 September 2016.
People in parts of WA southeast of a line from Esperance to Balladonia to Cocklebiddy to Eucla. This includes people in, near or between Eucla and Esperance.
A developing low pressure system well south of the State is moving east. The system is likely to cause WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour during Wednesday that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES and PROPERTY. Winds are currently affecting the town of Esperance and will extend east along the southern and Eucla coast over the next few hours. Winds will ease slowly from the west as the low moves east towards South Australia during Wednesday. DANGEROUS SURF conditions are likely.
A wind gust to 102 kilometres per hour was recorded at Hopetoun at 3.10am Wednesday. A wind gust to 91 kilometres per hour was recorded at Esperance town at 4.22am Wednesday.
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.
If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
The next warning will be issued by 11:00 am WST Wednesday.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's web site at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.
The Bureau and Department of Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.