Deluge of heavy rain drenching Perth

A cold front has descended on WA. Picture: iStock
A cold front has descended on WA. Picture: iStock

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for Perth and parts of WA’s south west, with damaging winds and heavy rain forecast to hit the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a strong cold front will bring wind gusts of up to 100km/h along with heavy rain, thunderstorms and possible flash flooding.

Areas to be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.

The worst weather is expected to hit near the west coast between Yanchep and the South West Capes.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issued a storm and severe weather warning just after 5pm on Saturday.

“A strong cold front moving through the south west Saturday night until early Sunday with potential thunderstorms is expected to cause damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 kilometres per hour with peak gusts to around 100 kilometres per hour, and could cause damage to homes and property,” DFES stated.

“Widespread damaging winds are possible in coastal parts between Jurien Bay and the South West Capes, including the Perth Metropolitan area.”

DFES advises you to:

If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.

Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.

Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.

If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.

If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.

IF DRIVING:

Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.

Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.

If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.