HEAVY rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is expected to hit Perth at midday today.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning this morning ahead of the cold front hitting the Perth metropolitan area.
The warning says Perth metropolitan area residents should expect to see heavy rainfall from midday through to 5pm.
The rain should start to ease over southern parts of the warning area – which stretches down to Margaret River and Manjimup – by late afternoon or early evening.
The Bureau says the weather is typical for this time of year but the conditions have the potential to cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
- 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.