Severe weather warning issued for parts of Western Australia

Areas under the severe weather warning as of 3.44am Monday morning. Photo: BOM.
Areas under the severe weather warning as of 3.44am Monday morning. Photo: BOM.

Northam and the central wheatbelt will be affected in the wake of severe weather that is on the way to the southwest coast of WA this morning. 

A strong cold front with a sustained period of showers and strong and gusty westerly winds in the wake of the front will affect Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and parts of the Central West, South East Coastal and Central Wheat Belt districts.

The weather system is likely to cause widespread damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour over the remainder the warning area during Monday.

These winds could result in damage to homes and property. 

In isolated areas dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property.

The worst of these conditions are most likely southwest of a line from Busselton to Hopetoun during Monday morning.

Photo: Shutterstock.

Photo: Shutterstock.

Severe winds are possible in the Perth Metropolitan and are expected to continue to around midday Monday.

Damaging surf conditions are likely which could cause beach erosion between Geraldton and Albany.

Conditions will ease from the west from midday Monday, though gusty showers will continue for the remainder of the day.

Moderate to heavy falls are possible with showers and thunderstorms as the system moves through.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth. 

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.