Severe weather warning issued as cold front closes in on Perth coast

Wild waves lash rocks in Mandurah. Photo Tex Reeks.

A severe weather alert has been issued as a large cold front is set to lash the Western Australian coast on Tuesday.

The cold front is approaching the southwest corner of the state and is expected to bring dangerous conditions along the coast hitting suburbs from Perth to Albany and inland to Narrogin.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of damaging winds likely to reach 80 to 90 kilometres per hour and gusts of more than 125 kilometres per hour.

These winds are currently developing about the Southwest Capes and will extend to areas southwest of Perth by 6pm Tuesday, before moving through remaining parts of the warning area overnight.

Dangerous surf conditions, higher tides and flooding are likely to occur, which could cause significant beach erosion.

This front is expected to be windier than a typical cold front and is likely to produce the kind of weather that is only seen in Southwest WA about twice a year.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
  • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
  • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
  • Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
  • Assess your home, car and property for damage.
  • If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
  • If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

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