If you live between Coral Bay to Mount Augustus to Billabong Roadhouse to Overlander Roadhouse and along the coast to Coral Bay you should take action and stay safe with the start of bad weather. This includes people in, near and between Coral Bay, Carnarvon and Cape Cuvier and surrounding areas. This is not unusual weather for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous. WHAT TO DO:DFES’s State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family stay safe: • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows• If caught outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams• Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning• If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water• 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 DRIVING:• Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers• If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears• Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current• Be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy and vehicles could become bogged. STORM DETAILS: As at 6.43pm on 9 February 2013 the Bureau of Meteorology advises a line of severe thunderstorms was observed on Radar 40 kilometres southeast of Carnarvon and moving in a north westerly direction.Storms may be accompanied by damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS:• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm call the SES on 132 500• In a life threatening situation call 000• For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213. 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:• Call 1300 657 209, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.
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