Severe weather warning issued for Perth and Mandurah, coastal erosion possible

Severe weather warning issued for Perth and Mandurah, coastal erosion possible

A STRONG cold front is tipped to batter the south west of WA this morning, with a severe weather warning issued for Perth and Mandurah.

Strong wind and hail is tipped to hit the Perth metro area from around 9am.

Damaging winds up to 100 km/h are possible southwest of a line from Perth to Albany.

Damaging surf conditions are also tipped, which could cause beach erosion.

Cape Leeuwin has already reported a gust of 113 km/h at 2.26am, while Cape Naturaliste has reported a gust of 100 km/h.

Busselton Jetty reported a gust of 91 km/hr at 3:24am.

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.