Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Lower West, South West, South Coastal and Great Southern forecast districts
Issued at 5:22 pm WST on Friday 29 July 2016.
For people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Mandurah to Katanning to Bremer Bay. This includes people in, near or between Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown and Albany. This does not include Mandurah or Katanning.
A pre-frontal trough has moved across the South West Capes and is slowly moving eastwards. A cold front is approaching the southwest of WA and will affect the region on Friday evening.
A vigorous westerly flow may cause LOCALISED DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres an hour that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. In isolated areas west of a line from Bunbury to Windy Harbour, DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres an hour could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES OR PROPERTY.
LOCALISED DAMAGING WINDS are currently possible about the South West District and will extend to remaining parts of the warning area during Friday evening. The risk of DANGEROUS GUSTS will ease late Friday evening or early Saturday morning.
DAMAGING WINDS are most likely with the passage of the cold front, which is expected to reach the South West Capes around 7:00 - 8:00 pm and extend through the warning area during Friday evening. Conditions will ease from around midnight; however, another strong cold front is expected to pass through the southwest on Saturday evening.
HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES will affect coastal areas from late Saturday and may cause FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS.
This is typical weather for this time of year, but gusty winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.
A wind gust of 94 kilometres per hour was recorded at Cape Leeuwin at 2:45 pm.
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 8:15 pm WST Friday.
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.