Storms to bring heavy rain and hail to the South West

The Bureau of Meteorology are advising of another cold front will move over the state throughout Thursday.

The weather is expected to deliver cold, showery conditions until early Friday morning, with thunderstorms and small hail possible over the South West.

Thunderstorms and showers may produce damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour that could cause damage to homes and property.

Damaging winds are likely over the warning area during this morning in the wake of the cold front. Whilst conditions are easing from the west, showers will continue for much of the day and could be heavy at times.

Parts of the Perth Metropolitan, Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne, South West, Lower South West districts should prepare for flooding. 

People in the Avon River, Swan River, Murray River, Harvey River, Collie River, Preston River, Blackwood River, Busselton Coastal Rivers and South West District Rivers catchments should prepare for possible minor flooding expected today and over the coming days. 

Emergency services have so far responded to eight calls for assistance in the recent weather, with most of the calls from the Perth metropolitan area.

The warning advises residents to:

  • 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 are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: 

If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

In a life threatening situation call 000.

For the latest warnings visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au or call 13 DFES (13 3337)