Parts of Perth are being warned to prepare for a thunderstorm that may include damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe storm warning for the Gascoyne, Central West, Lower West and Central Wheatbelt districts.
The warning includes northern and eastern parts of the Perth metropolitan area.
The storms would cause damage to homes and property.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is warning people to:
– 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 there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
– If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
– Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
– Slow down and turn your headlights on.
– Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
– If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears
The rain for Perth is expected to continue into Monday and Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.
Monday – 25, shower or two, 60 per cent chance of rain, most likely in the morning.
Tuesday – 26, shower or two, 70 per cent chance of rain, most likely in the afternoon and evening, 70 per cent chance of rain.
Wednesday – 22, morning shower or two, 50 per cent chance of showers in the morning.
Thursday – 24, sunny.
Friday – 26, possible shower, 30 per cent chance of rain.
Saturday – 25, partly cloudy.