Flash flooding expected in Perth and the South West

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RESIDENTS in WAs southwest have been warned of an approaching storm that could cause flash flooding and damage to homes and properties.

The approaching weather system will bring potential heavy rainfall, damaging winds of up to 100km/h and abnormally high tides from Bunbury to Walpole and onto Perth from 5am, the weather bureau said in a statement today.

This is bad news for the first day of school holidays with Rottnest Ferries having to cancel trips this morning due to the storm.

Tides between Shark Bay and Cape Leeuwin are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark, with very rough seas and potential flooding around high tide through to Monday afternoon, particularly within Geographe Bay.

“Conditions will ease during Monday afternoon, but a second developing cold front and low pressure system will affect the southwest early Tuesday morning,” the bureau said.

“This is typical weather for this time of the year, but heavy rain and winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.”

Locations which may be affected include Busselton, Bunbury, Collie, Geraldton, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Moora and Perth.