Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern, Central Wheat Belt and parts of Central West and South East Coastal districts.

Issued at 4:17 pm Sunday, 22 May 2022.

DAMAGING, LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL FORECAST FOR PARTS OF SOUTHWEST WA.

Weather Situation: A low pressure system and associated series of troughs will approach southwest WA on Monday afternoon, moving east across the southwest of the state on Monday night. The low is forecast to track southeast and move offshore on Tuesday.

Widespread DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 120 km/h are likely for the Lower West, South West, South Coastal and Great Southern districts, and parts of the Central West, Central Wheat Belt, South East Coastal and Goldfields districts from Monday afternoon, continuing overnight into Tuesday.

Locally DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS in excess of 125 km/h are also possible for the Lower West, South West, South Coastal and Great Southern districts, and parts of the Central West, Central Wheat Belt, South East Coastal and Goldfields districts from Monday afternoon, continuing overnight into Tuesday.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Narrogin, Northam, Mount Barker and Perth.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast for locations south of Jurien Bay, extending from the coast to the Darling Scarp from Monday morning into the afternoon. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 50 to 70 mm are possible.

Locations which may be affected include Jurien Bay, Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River.

Slippery roads and gusty winds will make driving conditions dangerous on Monday in the Perth Area.

People in the southwest 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.