Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 3:11 pm Thursday, 18 April 2019.

First significant cold front of the year to bring cold, wet and squally conditions to southwest WA.

Weather Situation:
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 cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

The risk of DAMAGING WINDS commences from around 8pm near the Southwest Capes and extends to the Perth Metropolitan area, Albany and inland parts towards midnight.

In the wake of the front, a pool of cold air will move over southwest WA from early Friday morning. Thunderstorms, small hail and squally conditions are likely and DAMAGING WINDS are again possible.

DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS may occur and could cause some 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, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.