Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:08 pm Tuesday, 28 May 2024.

Damaging winds developing over southern coastal areas on Wednesday.

Weather Situation: A deepening low over the Southern Ocean will extend a vigorous west to southwesterly airstream over the southwest of the state during Wednesday morning, bringing gusty showers and isolated thunderstorms to exposed coastal areas. These conditions should then shift to the Esperance Coast later in the day as the low progresses to the east.

DAMAGING WEST TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 90 km/h are possible over the South West Capes before sunrise on Wednesday, spreading to the coast west of Albany during the remainder of the morning. DAMAGING WINDS should then ease in these areas by early afternoon, before shifting to the Esperance Coast during the afternoon and finally easing later in the evening.

Locations which may be affected include Esperance, Margaret River, Augusta, Dunsborough, Hopetoun and Walpole.

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.