THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the south west of WA – with widespread damaging winds that could cause “significant property damage” predicted.
The warning was issued early this morning for an area that starts just south of Mandurah and stretches across to the great southern region.
The statement said areas such as Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Manjimup, Margaret River and Mount Barker could be affected.
“The weather system is likely to cause widespread damaging winds of up to 100 km/h that could result in damage to homes and property,” it said.
“In isolated areas, dangerous gusts in excess of 125 km/h are possible and could cause significant damage to homes and property.”
Thunderstorms are also possible, with dangerous surf conditions likely to develop later on Thursday and into Friday.
People in the affected area have been advised by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to take the following precautions:
- 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.