Severe Weather Warning

IDW28001

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Severe Weather Warning
for heavy rainfall
for people in the South West forecast district

Issued at 6:04 pm WST on Thursday 2 July 2015.

For people in parts of WA west of a line from Bunbury to Windy Harbour. This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River.

Weather Situation

A slow moving surface trough off the west coast is triggering showers and thunderstorms over the South West district. The trough will move eastwards overnight.

This system is expected to produce HEAVY RAINFALL that may cause FLASH FLOODING in parts of the South West forecast district.

Wilyabrup has observed 30.4mm between 4:15 pm and 5:45 pm and the Perth (Serpentine) radar indicates that heavy rain is occurring over the South West Capes, mainly between Busselton and Margaret River.

This weather is typical for this time of the year however heavy rainfall 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 there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down and turn your headlights on.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you can not see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

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 pm WST Thursday.

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.