Severe weather to continue in Mandurah, South West

Dangerous waves and strong swell at Pyramids during a storm last month. Photo: Julie Knight.
Dangerous waves and strong swell at Pyramids during a storm last month. Photo: Julie Knight.

Severe weather is expected to continue in parts of the South West of WA on Tuesday morning, including Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Margaret River, Manjimup, and Harvey.

A strong cold front is crossing the southwest of the state on Tuesday morning, bringing possible damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

While conditions are expected to ease during the day, squally thunderstorms and small hail may persist until early Tuesday afternoon.

Damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 kilometres per hour, with peak gusts to 100 km/h, could cause damage to homes and properties.

Damaging winds are occurring in coastal areas between Mandurah and the Southwest Capes and may occur over the warning area southwest of Mandurah to Walpole.

Damaging surf conditions which could cause beach erosion are likely between Bunbury and Walpole, and tides are expected to be higher between Kalbarri and Albany.

A severe weather warning for parts of the Perth metropolitan, Goldfields and Great Southern regions has been cancelled with severe weather no longer occurring in those districts.

However, gusty showers may still occur on Tuesday morning throughout Perth.

The Bureau of Meteorology advised the weather was not unusual for the time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

DFES has received minimal calls for assistance overnight but will be monitoring the situation.

Residents can keep updated by visiting www.emergency.wa.gov.au or call 13 DFES.

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 there is flooding, create 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.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • 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, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
  • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

Some roads may be closed

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the local Shire.

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.

People are urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.

Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.