Severe weather warning issued for parts of Perth, Mandurah, South West

PIC: Emergency WA

UPDATE: The warning has been cancelled.

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If you live in Lower West and South West districts you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.

Locations which may be affected include Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Dunsborough, Harvey and Rottnest Island. 

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous. 

WHAT TO DO: 
DFES advises you to: 
•    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.

IF DRIVING:
•    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.
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 

WEATHER DETAILS: 
Bureau of Meteorology advised radar and satellite imagery showed thunderstorms developing near and off the west coast, moving quickly towards the south southeast. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds with gusts to 90 km/h, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area. Locations which may be affected include Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Dunsborough, Harvey and Rottnest Island. Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. 

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS: 

Some roads may be closed 

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING: 
•    DFES is monitoring the situation.

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 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. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs. 
 

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