Fierce cold front, extreme wind gusts lash large parts of WA's south-west - ABC News

5/05/2020 1:02:00 PM

Fierce cold front, extreme wind gusts lash large parts of WA's south-west

Storm, Weather Front

Fierce cold front, extreme wind gusts lash large parts of WA's south-west

Large parts of Western Australia's south-west are being lashed by a fierce cold front, bringing strong winds and heavy rain which are forecast to continue through to tomorrow morning.

Heavy rain and localised flooding are also expectedThe Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting damaging, locally destructive winds, abnormally high tides and damaging surf to hit the area from tonight through to Wednesday morning.Thunderstorms could bring hail

"We've had a gust of nearly 90 kph at Rottnest, and Ocean Reef is already blowing around 83 kph."Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner Brad Stringer said residents needed to take precautions if it was safe to do so.

Read more:
ABC News »

Doorbell camera catches moment coyote attacks two-year-old girl

A two-year-old girl is recovering after being attacked by a coyote Friday afternoon in front of her house in Los Angeles. Read more >>

Australian-Designed AI Attack Drone Prototype Unveiled by Boeing Ahead of Mass Production Report by Andrew Greene with 05 May 2020

Coronavirus disruption eases in some WA Catholic schools as face-to-face lessons resume - ABC NewsA number of Catholic schools in Western Australia return to face-to-face learning, despite earlier suggestions that arrangement would only be available for students in senior years. Wrong The threat has not eased, there is still no govt medical response, no safety measures, they're still lying about transmission and stats The sex starved priests must be super excited.

Storm to hit Perth and south-west WA, bringing wild weather on Tuesday and Wednesday - ABC NewsOne of the year's strongest cold fronts is bearing down on Perth and the south-west of the state today, as residents are urged to secure their homes. and prepare for gale-force winds. Loving the much needed rain though.

WA records no new coronavirus cases for sixth day as school attendance jumps in week two of term - ABC NewsWA has now posted six days in a row without a new case of COVID-19 after no new cases were recorded overnight, with 95 per cent of people who contracted the virus in the state now recovered. Congrats WA! Without blanket testing, this claim is moot. It's coz they banned golf and fishing like Victoria right? 🤷‍♂️

Perth weather set to turn wet and windy as BOM warns two cold fronts to hit WA's south-west - ABC News Perth is being warned to prepare for heavy rain and damaging winds this week, with the first of two major fronts expected to hit the city today ahead of a stronger system later tomorrow. 😱 Climate Change

Storm to hit Perth and south-west WA, bringing wild weather on Tuesday and Wednesday - ABC NewsOne of the year's strongest cold fronts is bearing down on Perth and the south-west of the state today, as residents are urged to secure their homes. and prepare for gale-force winds. Loving the much needed rain though.

Coronavirus disruption eases in some WA Catholic schools as face-to-face lessons resume - ABC NewsA number of Catholic schools in Western Australia return to face-to-face learning, despite earlier suggestions that arrangement would only be available for students in senior years. Wrong The threat has not eased, there is still no govt medical response, no safety measures, they're still lying about transmission and stats The sex starved priests must be super excited.

Large parts of Western Australia's south-west are being lashed by a fierce cold front, bringing strong winds and heavy rain.Read more "We are so excited to be welcoming all our students back to school on Wednesday to resume normal classes," the school said in a Facebook post.One of the year's strongest cold fronts is bearing down on Perth and the south-west of the state today, as residents have been urged to secure their homes and prepare for gale-force winds.WA Health Department Mr Cook said the figures would help the Government plan for the future.

Key points: Forecasters say the storm will bring wind gusts of up to 125 kph Heavy rain and localised flooding are also expected The front is already hitting parts of the state's South West A severe weather warning has been issued for areas south-west of a line from Jurien Bay to Israelite Bay. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting damaging, locally destructive winds, abnormally high tides and damaging surf to hit the area from tonight through to Wednesday morning. Health Minister Roger Cook said he was glad a number of Catholic schools were opening to students. The front will hit Perth's southern suburbs shortly and will likely reach the Perth metropolitan area between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. The BOM has forecast it will bring very strong winds with gusts up to 125 kilometres per hour, hail and rain to the south-west of Western Australia. Neil Bennett from the Bureau of Meteorology said the front was already passing through Bunbury. Roger Cook says he is pleased by news some Catholic schools are resuming face-to-face lessons. Thunderstorms could bring hail Cape Naturalist has recorded wind gusts up to 104 kilometres per hour with 100 kph recorded at Busselton Jetty. School attendance rates more than 70 per cent in Perth Mr Cook said public school attendance had jumped on the second week of term two, following a return to face-to-face teaching.

"It is blowing quite hard already," Mr Bennett said. Scotch College headmaster Alec O'Connell said yesterday was the first day back for all years at the Uniting Church school in Perth. "You've got wind gusts exceeding 90kph, so any loose-lying material, clean it up around your yard and around the area, and make sure your windows are secured," he said. "We've had a gust of nearly 90 kph at Rottnest, and Ocean Reef is already blowing around 83 kph." Mr Bennett said hail was possible as the front moved through. "We're sitting at about 94 per cent. "That [air] will be cold enough to allow some small hail to form, and we could see that in some of the thunderstorms tomorrow morning," he said. "This front is expected to be windier than a typical cold front and is likely to produce the kind of weather that is only seen in south-west WA about two times per year," the bureau said in a statement. Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner Brad Stringer said residents needed to take precautions if it was safe to do so. Mr Cook said the tests would be less invasive than those done at COVID clinics, and would be voluntary for both staff and students.

But he stressed there was only a small window of opportunity in the Perth metropolitan area as the front was already hitting the South West. "This event is coming through with extreme wind and gusts in areas of up to 125 kph," he said. ( ABC News: Evelyn Manfield ) The Government will partner with the Telethon Kids Institute to conduct the study, which has been dubbed the Detect Program. "With that, we'll have a rain event and we do expect some localised flooding. "Hopefully with everyone being locked down with COVID-19 for the last several months, they have been cleaning up around their property. "As I said it is voluntary and we'll be asking parents to enrol their students … We want to get swabbing." Mr Bennett said the storm would be impacting Perth and the South West well into tomorrow and advised against ocean swimming.

"Some of the waves offshore, the significant wave heights could be 7, 8 metres offshore," he said." Sanja Brankov, whose children attend Mount Lawley Primary School, said she was unaware of the testing rollout but would allow her children to take part. "Even inshore we could see some decent wave action as well, that could lead to some significant beach erosion." Thousands without power There are well over 5,000 properties without power across the state. He's got respiratory conditions and he's not getting tested at the moment," she said. Western Power's outage map shows more than 4,300 of those are in Mandurah, and more than 1,000 are in Bibra Lake. People are being urged to close curtains and blinds and stay away from windows." Ms Brankov said knowing her children would be tested would have made the decision to send them to school easier.

More to come. . "I think it's important that we do what we can to get back to normal life, and if that requires some testing then I think that's a good thing," he said.