The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Please note changes throughout
Time of issue: 11:07 PM
Date of issue: 25 May 2020
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Great Southern
If you live in South East Coastal district, you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Esperance and Ravensthorpe.
For the remainder of this event, the weather is comparable to a strong winter cold front that people in the southwest of WA typically experience about 5 times a year.
WHAT TO DO:
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 you know your home is susceptible to flooding, particularly to those in the Busselton area prepare now by creating 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.
- 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 powerlines 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.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance
Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the South West, Lower South West
As at 25/05/2020 22:42:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe weather warning South Coastal district has been cancelled.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Lower West district and northern parts of the Southwest district, and the warning for these areas is CANCELLED. This includes Mandurah, Bunbury and Busselton.
WHAT TO DO:
Now the severe weather has passed, DFES advises you to:
- Keep away from flooded drains, rivers,streams and waterways.
- Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
- Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
- Assess your home, car and property for damage.
- Check to see if your neighbour needs help.
- If damage has occurred, take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
- If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
At 25/05/2020 22:42:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised deep low-pressure system has passed to the south of the State. Conditions will continue to ease early Tuesday morning.WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are likely and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY in the warning area, including Esperance.Expect wind conditions to ease early Tuesday morning.Severe weather is no longer occurring in the South Coastal district, and the warning for this area is CANCELLED.Tides between Jurien Bay and Esperance are likely to rise ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TIDE MARK with VERY ROUGH SEAS AND FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS.DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION. DAMAGING SURF is expected to continue for coastal parts between Denham and Israelite Bay into Tuesday.The following severe wind gusts have been recorded since 6 am AWST Monday:109 km/h at Cape Leeuwin at 08:13am AWST109 km/h at Cape Naturaliste at 12:18pm AWST.104 km/h at Busselton Jetty at 06:52am AWST.98 km/h at Hillarys Boat Harbour at 01:23pm AWST.94 km/h at Witchcliffe at 11:24am AWST.93 km/h at Swanbourne at 03:25pm AWST.91 km/h at Albany Airport at 7:22am AWST.Coastal locations between Kalbarri and Albany are currently recording tides higher than normal.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Roads have been closed due to flooding including:
- Riverside Drive westbound between Plain Street and Barrack Street
Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your Local Government.
Western Power has advised at 5pm Monday that approximately 11, 000 properties are without power across the network and approximately 4,400 of those properties are within the metropolitan area.
Horizon Power has advised properties are without power in the Esperance, Coral Bay, Carnarvon and Roebourne areas.
To report downed powerlines call Western Power on 13 13 51, OR Call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- Emergency services have answered more than 582 calls for help since since 7am Sunday.
- Majority of damage has been reported in the Perth Metropolitan Region. Reports of damage have come from the Pilbara, Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, Perth Metropolitan, South West, Lower South West and Great Southern regions.
- State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
- If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
- In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.
During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.