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Severe Weather Warning – Thursday 24 May

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A strong cold front will affect western and southern parts of WA from 5pm Thursday through to Friday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.

Damaging winds with gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour are likely over the warning area, particularly during the onset of showers and thunderstorms, as the leading edge of the front passes through.


If you are working in the Perth metropolitan area or undertaking fieldwork activities in any of the listed locations, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows. Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
  • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
  • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
  • Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
  • Assess your home, car and property for damage.
  • If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
  • If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

For more severe warning information go to the BOM website.