THE Department of Fire and Emergency Services has warned residents to be prepared for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and this evening in some parts of the outer metro area in Perth.
A spokeswoman said the weather was not unusual for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
She said the storms could be accompanied by damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall with the potential of flash flooding.
The department gave the following advice:
– Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury.
– Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.
– Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
– Move vehicles under cover.
– Boat owners should securely moor their boats.
– Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
– Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephone if there is lightning.
Residents who live in an area bounded by Northampton to Gingin to Wongan Hills to Mt Magnet you need to get ready now for the thunderstorms coming this afternoon and evening.