Mandurah and South West in for a night of wild weather

Mandurah Storm. File image. Photo: Tex Reeks.

Residents across Mandurah and the states South West are in for night of wild weather as a strong cold front rolls in off the coast. 

The powerful cold front is expected to cross the west coast on Saturday night, bringing damaging winds, rough seas, and potential flooding. 

Wind gusts are predicted to reach up to 100 kilometres per hour, which may cause damage to homes and property from Mandurah to Windy Harbour.  

The Bureau of Meteorology said the system is expected to be windier than a typical front and is likely to produce the kind of weather only seen around twice a year. 

Saturday afternoon’s choppy ocean swells and winds weren’t enough to deter this group of surfers snapped trying to get a wave off the coast of Halls Head.

As of 4:30pm, Mandurah had only seen a light shower with 0.2 millimetres of rain, however, conditions set to worsen later this evening.  

An area from Bunbury through to Albany is expected to be the hardest hit as the front crosses overnight. 

Damaging winds are likely to continue throughout the warning area into Sunday morning before contracting to the eastern region and then easing in the evening.

A deep low-pressure system will move over parts of Margaret River and Albany during Sunday morning.

The storm warning area. Photo: DFES.

The Bureau of Meteorology and WA’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) have issued a severe weather warning for the South West. 

DFES advises the following: 

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.

If driving:

  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

If you need assistance for storm damage or flooding, contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 or call 000 for a fire or life-threatening emergency. 

For up to date information visit the Emergency WA website or the Bureau of Meteorology

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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