Perth: Severe weather warning issued for damaging winds

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A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for the Perth metropolitan area with damaging winds expected to hit throughout the night.

The winds, which are expected to gust at up to 90 km/h, could cause damage to homes and property from 8pm tonight through to 8am tomorrow morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a statement this morning saying the weather was not typical for this time of year and could make road conditions hazardous.

Perth, Armadale, Dwellingup, Ellenbrook, Kalamunda, Midland, Mundaring and Pinjarra could all be affected.

The Department of Fire and Emergency services has issued the following advice for those in affected areas:

  • 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.