*Please note changes throughout alert.
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Take action with bad weather coming in parts of the Midwest Gascoyne, Goldfields Midlands and Great Southern regions
If you live in an area bounded by Dalwallinu to Mount Jackson to Southern Cross to Hyden to Narrogin to Gingin to Dalwallinu you should continue to take action and stay safe with more bad weather to come.
This includes people in near or between Dalwallinu, Southern Cross, York, Narrogin and surrounding areas.
This is unusual weather that could cause damage to 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.
Take care in Midwest Gascoyne, South West, Lower South West and Perth metropolitan regions
The severe weather warning for areas including Jurien Bay, Bridgetown, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Mandurah and the Perth Metropolitan area has been cancelled, but people in these areas should take care when going outside and assessing damage.
DFES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe once the bad weather has passed:
• 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.
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.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
Emergency services have answered calls for help after a bad storm hit this morning.
Damage has been reported in Merredin, Harvey, Kondinin, Parmelia and Como.
As at 11.31am on 26 March 2016 the Bureau of Meteorology advises a slow moving cloud band is moving through southern parts of the state with areas of rain and isolated thunderstorms.
At 11:00am, satellite and radar imagery showed areas of rain over the warning area. A band of heavy rain was located near a line from Gingin to Meckering to Cunderdin, moving towards the east southeast.
The cloud band is expected to produce HEAVY RAINFALL and isolated thunderstorms that may cause FLASH FLOODING. Rainfall from the cloud band will ease from early Saturday afternoon and contract further eastwards.
Flood Watches are current for the Central West, Lower West and South West Districts, refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/for further details.
Areas of rain and isolated thunderstorms are likely to redevelop over areas including Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning and Narrogin late Saturday afternoon or evening. This will be closely monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary
The following rainfall totals have been recorded in the 24hrs to 9am Saturday:
Wyalkatchem - 82 millimetres
Wongan Hills North - 62.4 millimetres
Berkshire Valley - 54.2 millimetres
Capel North - 44.8 millimetres
Rainfall totals over or in the vicinity of the Perth Metropolitan area over the same period have included 39 millimetres at Gidgegannup and 38 millimetres at Muchea.
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.
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