AN approaching cold front has triggered a severe weather warning for Perth and the south west land division.
Thunderstorms and showers associated with the front may produce damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h southwest of a line Bunbury to Walpole from midday.
The potential for damaging winds will extend to Perth and Albany from about 5pm.
Squally showers and thunderstorms will occur behind the cold front.
Heavy rainfall may occur southwest of a line Perth to Walpole.
The cold front is starting to cross the Capes with a 100 km/h wind gust recorded at #CapeLeeuwin
The front should reach #Perth around 5pm – take care when driving home! Warning at https://t.co/iZsIVYG7SA pic.twitter.com/kbxCavY73z
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) August 16, 2019
Small hail is likely from late this afternoon and snow is possible on the Stirling Ranges Saturday morning.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam, Perth and Yanchep.
This is typical weather for this time of year but winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.
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.