Big thunderstorms headed for Perth and South-West

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that thunderstorms, dangerous winds and high tides will hit the west coast tonight from 5pm and continue all night.

Harmful winds up to 100km/h are likely during the thunderstorms, and they could reach up 125 km/h near the coast south of Jurien Bay.

High tides may also cause flooding on the coast near Kalbarri, Busselton and Dunsborough, while the winds may also cause significant damage to homes.

Perth, Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, and Northam are among the towns in the firing line.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has the following recommendations to keep your family and homes safe during tonight’s storm:

  • Weigh down or store away loose objects such as outdoor furniture that could be picked up by strong winds and cause damage and/or injury.
  • Have an emergency kit ready including torches, batteries and a first aid kit.
  • Make sure your pets are somewhere safe sheltered from the storm.
  • Move your cars to an undercover area.
  • Stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and stay off land-line phones during lightning.
  • Be careful while driving to avoid fallen power lines and debris on roads.
  • If outside find shelter away from trees, power-lines, storm water drains and streams.

If your home or property is significantly damaged, call the State Emergency Service for assistance on 132 500.

If you find yourself in a life threatening situation, call 000.

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