If you live in an area bounded by Kalgoorlie to Meekatharra to Carnegie to Eyre along the south coast to Israelite Bay to Kalgoorlie you need to prepare your home and family now for the thunderstorms coming this afternoon and evening.
This does not include Kalgoorlie or Meekatharra.
This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family prepare before the bad weather starts:
• Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car.
• Clear gutters and downpipes so they do not overflow after heavy rain.
• Store or weigh down loose objects around your home or work like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury.
• Prepare an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.
• Organise an emergency plan, including a relocation plan for your family and pets in case your home becomes flooded.
As at 9.23am on 23 February 2016 the Bureau of Meteorology advises that there is a risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
Storms may be accompanied by:
• Damaging winds
• Heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding
• Large hail
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the State Emergency Service (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 and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
For the latest weather warnings visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings or call 1300 659 213.
The next update will be provided when the situation changes.
The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.
A new alert may have been issued for this incident.
Please visit the Alerts and Warnings page for the latest information.
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