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Media Release

Storms coming for the Midwest Gascoyne, Wheatbelt, Goldfields, Great Southern and South West
Tuesday 9 February 2010 – 2:00 PM

 

People are being urged to take action and stay safe with the risk of severe thunderstorms coming this afternoon.

 

If you live in the Midwest Gascoyne, Wheatbelt, Goldfields, Great Southern and South West you need to get ready for bad weather

 

This includes the area between Dalwallinu, Bridgetown, Denmark, Hopetoun, Norseman, Kalgoorlie, Leinster and Mount Magnet.  

 

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that at 3pm multiple storms have already begun to hit some areas.

 

The storms will bring large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding that could damage your home and make travel unsafe.

 

FESA’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
  • 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, take extra care on the roads:

·         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

 

After the storm there may be many calls for assistance. SES volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • If the storm has caused damage to your home that you can’t fix yourself, like badly damaged roofs, flooding or fallen trees call the SES on 132 500

·         In a life threatening situation call 000

·         For information about road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 

·         To report fallen power lines call Western Power on 13 13 51

·         For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213

 

More information about what to do before, during or after a storm can be found at www.fesa.wa.gov.au  

 

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