Severe Weather Warning

IDW28001

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Lower West, South West, South Coastal, South East Coastal and Great Southern forecast districts

Issued at 7:43 am WST on Saturday 1 October 2016.

For people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Perth to Hyden to Israelite Bay. This includes people in, near or between the following towns: The southern suburbs of Perth, Mandurah, Narrogin, Katanning, Bridgetown, Margaret River, Busselton, Bunbury, Albany, and Esperance.

Weather Situation

A deep low pressure system will move south of Albany and an associated strong cold front will move over southwest parts of the State during today.

This weather system is likely to cause WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. In isolated areas DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

DAMAGING WINDS are expected south west of a line Busselton to Windy Harbour, and will extend to south west of a line Mandurah to Hyden to Israelite Bay after 8am Saturday. Small hail is possible, with thunderstorms likely south of a line Bunbury to Esperance.

DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause SIGNIFICANT beach erosion.

Cape Leeuwin has recorded at wind gust to 117 kilometres per hour at 5.23am this morning.

Cape Naturaliste has recorded at wind gust to 119 kilometres per hour at 4:26am this morning.

This front is expected to be windier than a typical front and is likely to produce this kind of weather around twice a year.

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 10:45 am WST Saturday.

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.