Power outages and strong gusts recorded across Peel, severe weather to continue to lash South West

Dangerous waves and strong swell at Pyramids. Photo: Julie Knight.
Dangerous waves and strong swell at Pyramids. Photo: Julie Knight.

State Emergency Services (SES) have responded to more than 120 calls for help across WA after dangerous weather lashed the coast overnight.

Wind gusts of 118 kilometres per hour were recorded in Pinjarra on Sunday night - the strongest in the state during the storm.

A severe weather warning is still in place across the South West, from Bunbury to Albany, with strong winds expected for the rest of Monday.

Since Sunday morning, the SES has answered 126 calls for help with a majority of the damage reported in the South West region.

Thousands of properties also experienced power outages on Sunday night, with some homes in the Peel region still without electricity on Monday morning.

Almost 500 homes in the Dwellingup area are still affected, plus an additional 15 in Coolup and 149 in Pinjarra.

Another 10 people in Bouvard are believed to still be without power as well.

A strong cold front is predicted to continue passing over the southwest of WA on Monday morning bringing with it damaging winds with peak gusts of around 100 kilometres per hour.

Damaging winds averaging 70 kilometres per hour could cause damage to homes and property.

The Bureau of Meteorology also predicts moderate to heavy rainfall in the Lower West and South West regions and high tides, damaging surf conditions and beach erosion.

Weather conditions will ease during the remainder of Monday morning.

People in the southwest of WA experience a front as windy as this about five times per year.

DFES is monitoring the situation and updates will be provided when the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If outside, find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning
  • If you know your home is susceptible to flooding, prepare now by creating your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home
  • If boating, swimming or surfing, leave the water
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current
  • If you are driving, slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers
  • If you are driving, be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see while driving, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 3337, follow DFES on Twitter or Facebook or listen to news updates.