Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of South West district.

Issued at 4:26 pm Thursday, 6 June 2019.

An approaching cold front could produce DAMAGING WINDS and DAMAGING SURF in parts of the South West district.

Weather Situation:
A vigorous cold front is approaching the southwest of the State, arriving at the Capes around midnight Thursday night and extend east across the South West Land Division during Friday. Strong northerly winds are expected ahead of the front, easing after the front moves through.

Northerly winds ahead of the approaching cold front are currently reaching 50 to 60 kilometres per hour over the South West District, with DAMAGING GUSTS to 100 kilometres per hour at times possible about coastal parts between Bunbury and Cape Leeuwin. Winds are expected to ease by early Friday morning as the front begins to move inland.

DAMAGING SURF conditions are possible which could cause BEACH EROSION between Bunbury and Cape Leeuwin.

Tides between Geraldton and Albany are expected to remain higher than normal this evening and on Friday morning, but they are no longer expected to exceed the normal high tide mark.

Heavy rainfall is expected with the passage of the front overnight Thursday and continuing into Friday. Falls between 30 and 50 mm along the west coast with isolated heavier falls possible extending up the west coast to Carnarvon.

Locations which may be affected include Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River.

This front is the first in a series of significant fronts expected to affect the southwest of the State and brings to an end an extended dry period through much of the South West Land Division. Further fronts are expected over the weekend and into early next week.

The winds ahead of this front are expected to be windier than a typical front. The fronts on Saturday and Sunday are also expected to be windier than a typical front and it is likely that Severe Weather Warnings will be issued for these events.

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.