Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the
South West,
South Coastal and parts of the
South East Coastal and
Great Southern districts.

Issued at 4:48 pm Thursday, 27 July 2017.

Weather Situation
A strong cold front is forecast to affect southwest parts of the State during the remainder of Thursday and Friday morning.

This weather system is likely to cause WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. DAMAGING WINDS have developed about the Southwest Capes this afternoon, and are expected to extend throughout remaining parts of the warning area during Thursday evening and Friday morning. Conditions should begin to ease from the west early Friday morning.

In isolated areas DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

Thunderstorms are also possible this evening throughout the warning area. Moderate falls may occur over the South West district during the remainder of Thursday. Dangerous surf conditions are likely to continue into Friday.

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

Busselton Jetty recorded a wind gust of 98 kilometres per hour at 3:42pm AWST.

Cape Naturaliste recorded a wind gust of 94 kilometres per hour at 3:25pm AWST.

The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.

People in the southwest of WA experience a front as windy as this about 5 times per 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.