Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 2:38 pm Friday, 21 June 2019.

A strong cold front will move through southwest WA from Saturday afternoon to early Sunday with damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

Weather Situation:

The passage of a strong cold front from Saturday afternoon to early Sunday is expected to cause DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

The potential for DAMAGING WINDS commences from around 3pm in coastal parts between Jurien Bay and the South West Capes, including the Perth Metropolitan area. This area will extend eastwards to include Narrogin, Katanning and Albany by 8pm and to Hyden and Hopetoun by around midnight Saturday.

HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible over the warning area. HEAVY RAINFALL is likely to commence near the west coast during Saturday afternoon and evening, extending eastwards with the passage of the front.

Thunderstorms with squally winds are also likely during the passage of the front.

The worst weather is expected to occur near the west coast between Yanchep and the South West Capes.

This is typical weather for this time of the year but winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.

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

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.