Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and parts of Central Wheat Belt districts.

Issued at 10:55 am Wednesday, 1 August 2018.
A strong cold front may result in severe weather conditions over a large part of southwest WA during Wednesday.

Weather Situation:
A strong cold front is moving through southwest WA. In the wake of the front very squally conditions are expected across large parts of the South West Land Division on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

A cold southwesterly airstream behind the front will produce a large area of squally showers, thunderstorms and small hail. DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour which could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY are possible southwest of a line from Kalbarri to Beacon to Hopetoun. These conditions will initially affect an area southwest of Mandurah to Albany, before extending throughout the remainder of the warning area this afternoon and evening.

Tides between Kalbarri and Hopetoun will be higher than normal during Wednesday.
DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause beach erosion.
A Flood Watch is current for the Lower West and South West Districts, and a Warning to Sheep Graziers is current for the entire South West Land Division. Refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for more details.
Cape Leeuwin reported a gust to 102 kilomtres per hour at 8.28 am Wednesday.
The highest gust reported overnight was from Cape Leeuwin with a gust to 113 km/hr at 2:26 am.

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

People in the southwest of WA experience a front as windy as this about five times per year, however it is less common for severe weather conditions to extend as far north as Kalbarri and as far inland as Beacon and Merredin.

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.