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 10:56 pm WST on Friday 25 July 2014.
For people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Mandurah to Narrogin to Bremer Bay. This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Narrogin, Katanning, Bridgetown, Albany, Margaret River, Busselton, Bunbury, Mandurah, but not including the Perth metropolitan area.
A moderate to strong cold front will move over the southwest of the state during Saturday morning.
The weather system is likely to cause LOCALISED DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. DAMAGING WINDS are likely to develop south west of a line Bunbury to Walpole between Midnight and 5 am Saturday and extend to south west of a line Mandurah to Katanning to Albany after 7 am, and then south of a line Walpole to Narrogin to Bremer Bay after 10am. Thunderstorms are also possible. Winds are expected to ease early Saturday afternoon.
HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES are likely between Bunbury and Cape Naturaliste during Saturday morning.
This is typical weather for this time of the year but winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.
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 5:00 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.