If you live in an area bounded by Lancelin to Northam to Perth and back along the coast to Lancelin you should take action and stay safe with thunderstorms to come.
This includes people in or near northern parts of the Perth Metropolitan area.
This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
WHAT TO DO:
• 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.
• 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.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
Emergency services are monitoring the situation.
As at 2.12 pm today the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is a risk of severe thunderstorms easing during the afternoon.
At 2.00 pm Radar showed an area of thunderstorms with potentially heavy rainfall to the west of Bullsbrook, and another area to the east of Red Hill, both slowly moving to the south.
Storms may be accompanied by:
• Heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding
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 State Emergency Service (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The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.
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Please visit the Alerts and Warnings page for the latest information.
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