Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 6:10 am Friday, 7 June 2019.

Strong northerly winds ahead of a cold front currently over the southwest Capes could produce DAMAGING WINDS over parts of the South Coastal district and adjacent South West and Great Southern districts.

Weather Situation:
A vigorous cold front lies over the southwest Capes and will extend east across the South West Land Division during today. 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 parts of South Coastal district, with DAMAGING GUSTS to 100 kilometres per hour at times about the South Coastal district and adjacent South West district between Walpole and Bremer Bay. Winds are expected to ease by during this morning as the front moves eastwards.

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

Albany airport has recorded mean winds to 61 km/hr with gusts to 96 km/hr at 3:39am.

Gnowangerup has recorded mean winds to 60 km/hr with gusts to 89 km/hr at 5:40am.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Mount Barker, Denmark, Gnowangerup and Walpole.

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.