The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 4.30pm
Date of issue: 12 March 2015
Prepare now for severe weather for Kalbarri to Mandurah
If you live between Kalbarri to Paynes Find to Southern Cross to Mandurah you need to prepare your home and family now for severe weather coming on Saturday.
This includes people in Perth metropolitan area, Mandurah, York, Dalwallinu, Jurien Bay, Geraldton, Northampton, Kalbarri and surrounding areas.
This is very unusual weather that could cause significant damage to homes and make travel very dangerous.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family prepare before the bad weather starts:
Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car.
Clear gutters and downpipes so they do not overflow after heavy rain.
Store or weigh down loose objects around your home or work like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury.
Prepare an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.
Organise an emergency plan, including a relocation plan for your family and pets in case your home becomes flooded.
As at 3.59pm on Thursday 12 March 2015 the Bureau of Meteorology advises Tropical Cyclone Olwyn is expected to weaken in northern parts of the Southwest Land Division during Saturday morning and the remnants of the system will move in a south south-east direction thorough central and western parts of the Southwest Land Division during the day.
Heavy rainfall and damaging winds will be in parts of the warning area north of Jurien Bay to Paynes Find during the early morning before moving into the remainder of the warning area north of Mandurah to Southern Cross by the middle of the day.
On Saturday the ex-tropical cyclone will produce heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding. Widespread damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour that could result in damage to homes and property.
During Saturday afternoon and evening the system will move further south affecting remaining parts of the Southwest Land Division west of Southern Cross to Hopetoun.
If your home has been badly damaged by a storm call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500
In a life threatening situation call 000
For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.auor call 1300 659 213.
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.