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South West to brace for severe weather

South Western Times

Severe weather expected to hit the South West today has prompted a warning to take action.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has advised Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River and Manjimup residents to brace for strong winds and heavy rain which may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.

A cold front will bring thunderstorms and possible hail until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms and showers could produce damaging winds up to 100km/h, capable of causing damage to homes and properties.

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DFES advised people outdoors to find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams and those boating, swimming or surfing should leave the water.

Those indoors are advised to close curtains and blinds, unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.

DFES warn drivers should slow down, turn headlights on and keep a safe distance from other motorists.

They are also warned not to drive into water of unknown depth and to watch for hazards such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.

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