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Media Release

Prepare now for possible severe thunderstorms in the eastern Goldfields/Midlands.
Wednesday 14 April 2010 – 2:45 PM

People in the north eastern Goldfields/Midlands region should prepare their homes and families for possible severe thunderstorms coming this afternoon or this evening.

 

This includes areas surrounding Laverton, areas to the east of Kalgoorlie and east of Norseman.

 

Severe thunderstorms may also develop in other areas surrounding Balladonia and Zanthus later today or tonight.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

FESA’s State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family stay safe:

  • 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
  • Prepare for possible loss of electricity
  • Have a battery powered radio and torch handy
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
  • Move vehicles under cover
  • If there is lightning, unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones
  • Construction site workers should store loose building material and tie down sheds
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water
  • Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
  • During the storm 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

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Bureau of Meteorology advises the storms may bring damaging winds, very heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding and large hail that could damage homes and make travel dangerous.  

 

IF DRIVING DURING THE STORM:

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

·         Take care in areas that have been flooded and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current

 

AFTER THE STORM

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been blown off or trees that have fallen onto homes and cars. Contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

·         If your home or property has been badly damaged by a storm and you can’t fix it yourself, 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 downed 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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