Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the South Coastal and South East Coastal forecast districts
Issued at 9:01 am WST on Sunday 31 July 2016.
For people in parts of WA south of a line from Albany to Ravensthorpe to Israelite Bay. This includes people in or near Esperance. This does not include Albany.
The Warning for people southwest of a line Mandurah to Katanning to Albany has been cancelled.
A strong cold front is moving over the southern parts of Western Australia.
DAMAGING WINDS in excess of 100 kilometres per hour that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY are occurring with the passage of the cold front. The front was located near the coast in the Bremer Bay area at 08:30am Sunday. Winds are likely to ease from the west later Sunday morning.
HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES are still forecast, but FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS are no longer expected.
Swell of up to 7 metres will result in DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS which could cause SIGNIFICANT beach erosion.
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 117 kilometres per hour was recorded at Cape Leeuwin at 5:20am Sunday.
A wind gust of 96 kilometres per hour was recorded at Cape Naturaliste at 4:00am Sunday.
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.
- Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
- Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
- Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
- Assess your home, car and property for damage.
- If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
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 11:45 am WST Sunday.
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.