A SEVERE weather warning remains in place for Perth this morning, with “widespread, damaging winds” of up to 100 km/h forecast for the day.
The strong and gusty westerly winds come in the wake of the strong cold front that hit Perth overnight, causing storms and heavy rainfall in parts of the south west of the State.
The warning, updated by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning, said the damaging winds could cause damage to homes and properties.
The warning also said damaging surf conditions, that could cause beach erosion, were likely between Geraldton and Albany.
“Moderate to heavy falls are possible with showers and thunderstorms as the system moves through,” the warning said.
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.