Damaging winds, heavy rainfall on its way to Mandurah

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Mandurah residents are being urged to prepare for severe weather set to hit the region this afternoon and into tonight.

A severe weather warning has been issued from Geraldton down to the Great Southern region.

Widespread damaging winds averaging 60 to 70km/h with gusts of up to 125km/h are forecast.

Heavy rainfall of between 50mm to 70mm is also expected within a six-hour period.

"Locations which may be affected include Jurien Bay, Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River," a Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said.

"This front is expected to windier than a typical front and is likely to see the kind of weather that is only seen around twice a year."

WHAT TO DO: 
•    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
•    Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephone if there is lightning.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: 
•    If it is safe to do so, please do what you can to help yourself before calling the SES for 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 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 or cars.


 

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