Severe weather in the South West to continue

Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times
Heavy rain is expected to fall in isolated areas in the South West.
Camera IconHeavy rain is expected to fall in isolated areas in the South West.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is warning South West residents to take action and stay safe with more severe weather on its way.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised a developing strong cold front and low could produce severe weather conditions across the South West from late this morning through to late in the afternoon and early evening.

The department has also issued a flood warning for people living near the catchment areas of the Harvey River, Collie River, Preston River and Busselton Coastal Rivers.

There is no immediate danger but residents need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

The strong cold front and deep low may produce damaging winds to 100km/h that could result in damage to homes and property.

Dangerous gusts in excess of 125km/h are possible in some areas, while there is a chance of thunderstorms and small hail with the passage of the front.

DFES advised the weather was not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make driving dangerous.

The front is expected to be windier than a typical front and is likely to produce the kind of weather only seen about five times a year.

A warning has been issued for sheep graziers for the entire South West Land Division.

DFES is monitoring the situation. If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500 or in a life-threatening situation call 000.

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