Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 3:49 am Wednesday, 29 May 2024.

Damaging winds over southern and southwestern coastal areas today, including Perth.

Weather Situation: A deepening low over the Southern Ocean will extend a vigorous west to southwesterly airstream over the southwest of the state this morning, bringing gusty showers and thunderstorms to exposed coastal areas and nearby inland areas, including the broader Perth area. 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 100 km/h are possible over the southern Central West, Lower West and South West early this morning, 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 Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Mandurah, Margaret River and Perth.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Great Southern district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

100km/h wind gust observed at Swanbourne at 12:10am

93km/h wind gust observed at Cape Leeuwin at 01:16am

90km/h wind gust observed at Garden Island at 02:14am

111km/h wind gust observed at Rottnest Island at 03:13am

87km/h wind gust observed at Lancelin at 03:34am

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.