High winds expected as winter arrives

Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times
Dark clouds on the horizon at Bunbury’s Hastie Road Beach this morning.
Camera IconDark clouds on the horizon at Bunbury’s Hastie Road Beach this morning.

High winds are expected to continue in Bunbury today before easing in the early hours of Saturday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Bunbury received 58mm of rain in the 24-hour period from 9am Thursday to 9am this morning.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said six calls were made to State Emergency Services overnight, but no significant damage was reported.

Bureau duty forecaster Natasha Jacobson-Ellie said more rain was expected over the weekend.

“You can expect falls of around 15mm to 25mm on Friday, but with isolated showers you could easily get 40mm-45mm over Bunbury,” she said.

“It really all depends on where the storm cell forms.

“There is another system coming through on Sunday so we are expecting figures of around 15mm to 20mm.”

Ms Jacobson-Ellie said gusts of up to 90km/h would continue until the early hours of Saturday morning.

“We have this low pressure system approaching and as that is going south over the waters you will see a westerly regime which will turn into a south-westerly regime,” she said.

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