OUR unseasonally sunny May weather will likely seem a distant memory with what’s predicted to come tonight.
The Bureau of Metorology has issued a severe weather warning for western coastal areas extending from Denham, in the north of WA, down to Perth and then south to Albany.
The leading edge of the cold front is expected to land near the southwest capes about 5pm before reaching Kalbarri to Perth to Walpole about 8pm.
Damaging winds with gusts up to 100km/h are expected, particularly with the onset of showers and thunderstorms when the leading edge of the cold front passes through.
The weather is predicted to be worse in exposed coastal areas such as Jurien Bay where gusts of 125km/h could cause significant damage to homes.
Higher than normal tides could cause flooding of low-lying coastal areas near Kalbarri and particularly the Geographe Bay area including Busselton and Dunsborough.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services urges residents to take the following precautions in preparation for the bad weather:
- 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.