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Severe Weather Warning (Damaging Wind, Abnormally High Tides and Damaging Surf) for South Coastal and parts of South West

Mon 11:29 WST
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

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Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS, ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES and DAMAGING SURF

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

Issued at 11:29 am Monday, 16 July 2018.

Damaging winds are expected near the south coast today with the passage of a strong cold front.

Weather Situation:
A strong cold front will move through southern parts of the State during Monday.

Showers associated with the front may produce DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. DAMAGING WINDS are currently affecting coastal areas to the west of Albany, and are expected to extend through the remainder of the warning area by 3pm Monday. Conditions should then start to ease from the west during Monday evening.

Tides between Augusta and Bremer Bay are likely to rise ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TIDE MARK with VERY ROUGH SEAS and POTENTIAL FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS.

DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause beach erosion.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Mount Barker, Augusta, Bremer Bay, Denmark, Walpole and Windy Harbour.

Cape Leeuwin recorded a wind gust of 96 kilometres per hour 10:15am Monday.

People in the south of WA experience a front as windy as this about 5 times per year.

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.


The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 2:30 pm AWST Monday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213. The Bureau and Department of Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
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