Residents of the South West are being urged to prepare for some potentially nasty weather over the next couple of days. Last night, more than 7,000 homes in Australind, Eaton, Glen Iris & Bunbury were without power after heavy rain overnight caused outages.
A strong ridge of high pressure is developing to the south of the State. A tropical low lies inland over the western Pilbara, is expected to continue moving southwest and cross the cross back overt the water near Carnarvon later Thursday or early Friday. A rain band associated with this system lies over the south of the state, and should linger for a couple days.
For the 24 hours to 9 am Friday, widespread rainfall totals of 20 mm to 50 mm with isolated totals of up to 100 mm being forecast for the South West District.
Similar rainfall is forecast for the 24 hours to 9 am Saturday. River rises and areas flooding are possible in response to forecast rainfall.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
Busselton Coastal Rivers
DFES advises people and communities to be aware that flooding is possible and be prepared to relocate equipment and livestock. Watch water levels. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered. Do not drive into water of unknown depth and velocity.
Community information is available from DFES at www.dfes.wa.gov.au.
Current river levels are available from Department of Water at www.water.wa.gov.au
This flood watch is available by dialling 1300 659 213. Warnings, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood
(image provided courtesy of BOM)