Storm Event Update More Severe Weather Expected
Date Published: 12/06/2012
More severe weather is predicted to hit the Perth Metropolitan area this afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting an intense storm late this afternoon/evening, which will be as severe as or worse than Sunday’s event with widespread damaging winds including locally dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour. These winds have potential to cause significant damage or destruction to homes or property.
The Cities of Cockburn, Mandurah, Kwinana and Rockingham are urging residents to secure loose items around their property. 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.
Regular greenwaste collections will continue today for scheduled areas in the City of Rockingham. However, residents are urged to tie down or temporarily remove any debris from verges prior to this afternoon’s storm. If your household rubbish collection is scheduled for Wednesday 13 June, do not put your bin out tonight, ensure it is secured under cover and place it out for collection tomorrow morning before 6am, if it is safe to do so.
The SES is advising individuals to:
If your home has been damaged:
- Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways
- Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live
- Assess your home, property and car for damage
- Check on friends and neighbours to see if they need help.
- 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
- Unplug electrical applicances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning
- If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property
- Construction site workers should store loose building material and tie down sheds
- Boat owners should securely moor their boats
- Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
- Be aware of significant debris due to the storm yesterday and take care if outside in wind gusts.
- If driving, take extra care on the roads:
- Slow down and keep a safe distance from other drivers
- Take care in areas that have been flooded and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current
- If you are in the country be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.
- Be careful of debris and damaged buildings
- If asbestos has been damaged on your property you should seek professional advice before attempting any repairs or clean up because it could be dangerous
- If your home has structural damage like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500
- Take photographs as soon as possible for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs
- Start cleaning up around your home – stack loose material such as branches and debris away from water meters, valves and telephone lines.
- People should also be aware that power lines are down in streets. These should be treated as live, even if they appear not to be, and people should stay well clear.
- Motorists travelling in or to the South West need to review their unecessary travel plans for tomorrow and Wednesday due to the hazardous conditions.
Bureau of Meteorology Western Australian Alerts
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