Weather not so Good Friday

Good Friday’s weather isn’t looking good at all for Perth, Mandurah and the South West of the sate as a cold front makes it’s way to the coast, prompting a severe weather warning.

About 3:10, The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for the states south.

The passage of a strong cold front is expected to cause Damaging Winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h, which could may cause damage to homes and property.

About 8pm, damaging winds are expected near the Southwest Capes extending to the Perth Metropolitan area, Albany and inland parts of the state.

In the wake of the front, a pool of cold air will move over southwest WA from early Friday morning.

Thunderstorms, high wind gusts, small hail and squally conditions are likely.

Damaging and dangerous surf conditions may occur and could cause beach erosion from late Friday morning.

The worst weather conditions are expected in coastal parts between Busselton and Albany.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.

This is the first significant cold front of the year.

Weather conditions may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.

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, or flooding, call the SES on 132 500. 

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. Reeks' interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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