Severe Thunderstorms Could Hit This Afternoon

Expected from midday

Severe Thunderstorms Could Hit This Afternoon

Parts of the South West, Lower South West, Great Southern and Perth metro area could see some wild storms on the way this afternoon.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued, expected to hit from midday and continue into the afternoon.

It includes Mandurah, Collie, Manjimup, Harvey, Pinjarra and Williams.

The thunderstorms are expected to hit just inland of Bunbury.

Storms could cause damage to homes and property, with the storms expected to produce strong winds, heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding and hail.

The weather conditions are not uncommon for this time of year.

TIPS FROM DFES

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.
  • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500

In you are in a life threatening situation call 000

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