Esperance residents are being encouraged to secure their houses as a dangerous weather warning has been issued for all areas southwest of Bunbury, Narrogin, Hyden, Salmon Gums and Israelite Bay.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issued the dangerous weather warning for Esperance this morning, saying the unusual weather could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
“This is unusual weather that could cause damage to homes and make travel dangerous,” the warning said.
“If you live in an area southwest of a line from Bunbury to Narrogin to Hyden to Salmon Gums to Israelite Bay you need to get ready now for the bad weather coming today. This includes people in, near or between Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Narrogin, Katanning, Albany and Esperance and surrounding areas.”
“The worst weather is expected along coastal parts between Margaret River and Esperance.”
Widespread damaging winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour could result in damage to homes and property are expected said the DFES.
In isolated areas south of Busselton and Hopetoun dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour may also cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property. Conditions are expected to ease by Monday.
Isolated thunderstorms and small hail are also likely.
Surfers along the south coast between Augusta and Israelite Bay are discouraged from entering the ocean as tides may be higher than usual and beach erosion is likely said the DFES.
The DFES advises residents who are away from home to contact family or friends to help prepare vacant properties for the widespread of damaging winds that is expected.
“If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property.”
The weather warning also encourages people to:
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.
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.
Boat owners should securely moor their boats.
Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500 or to report powerlines down, call Western Power on 13 13 51.
In a life threatening situation call 000.
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