If you live in an area bounded by a line from Geraldton to Cue to Sandstone to Wongan hills to Jurien Bay to Geraldton you need to get ready now for the thunderstorms coming this afternoon and evening.
This includes people in Dalwallinu and surrounding areas. This does not include Geraldton.
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 get ready now:
• Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
• Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
• Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
• Move vehicles under cover
• Boat owners should securely moor their boats
• Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property
As at 2.15pm on 25 March 2016 the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is a risk of severe thunderstorms during Friday afternoon and evening.
At 2pm, satellite and radar imagery showed potentially severe thunderstorms developing inland from the west coast from Mullewa to Jurien Bay and moving slowly to the south-southeast.
Storms may be accompanied by:
• Damaging winds
• Large hail.
• 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The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.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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