Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 7:43 am Wednesday, 29 May 2024.

Damaging winds over southern and southwestern coastal areas today, easing over Perth by early afternoon.

Weather Situation: A deepening low over the Southern Ocean is extending a vigorous west to southwesterly airstream over the southwest of the state this morning, bringing gusty showers and thunderstorms to exposed coastal areas including Perth. These conditions should then gradually 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 Lower West, South West, and South Coastal this morning, with this risk spreading to the Albany Coast by early afternoon. DAMAGING WINDS are expected to ease over the Lower West and South West by early afternoon. Later in the afternoon the risk of DAMAGING WINDS should ease over the South Coastal and shift to the Esperance Coast, before finally easing in the late evening.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Mandurah, Margaret River and Perth.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central West district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

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

90km/h wind gust observed at Garden Island at 06:39am

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

96km/h wind gust observed at Ocean Reef at 08:59am

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.