Perth and South West weather warning: Bureau of Meteorology warns of heavy rain and damaging winds

Staff writerThe West Australian
VideoPerth and the South West residents are being warned to expect a drenching this afternoon, with severe weather conditions risking damage to homes.

Perth and South West residents are being warned to expect a drenching this afternoon, with wild weather conditions risking damage to homes.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning ahead of a cold front which is set to hit this afternoon.

The front is forecast to deliver huge amounts of rain from late this morning, which could lead to flash flooding in some areas.

And amid the deluge, damaging winds of up to 90km/h are also forecast to batter parts of the State during the afternoon.

The Bureau has warned the weather could cause damage to homes.

The front is set to hit the whole of Perth and the South West and those who live in Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Collie, Harvey and Yanchep are among those being told to prepare.

“This is typical weather for this time of the year but winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous,” the Bureau said.

While up to 35mm of rain is forecast for Perth today, the wet conditions are forecast to ease on Friday night, in time for the weekend.

Tomorrow the showers are forecast to clear in Perth with just 2mm to 4mm forecast for the day. And on Sunday, mostly sunny conditions are forecast before the rain returns on Monday, with up to 20mm forecast to start the week.

On Tuesday night, more than 1200 people across Perth and the South West were left without power after an intense storm wiped out powerlines across the State.

Wind gusts up to 113km/h were recorded at Cape Leeuwin and there were even reports of hail in Victoria Park. Heavy rainfall left several low-lying parts of Perth underwater and at Mirrabooka Shopping Centre the roof couldn’t withstand the massive downpour.

BUREAU ADVICE

  • Shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams
  • Close curtains and blinds and stay inside away from windows
  • Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones during lightning
  • Stay out of the water
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road
  • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
  • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
  • Be careful of fallen power lines. They should always be treated as live.
  • If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

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