Storm to hit Perth and south-west WA, bringing wild weather on Tuesday and Wednesday - ABC News

5/05/2020 5:32:00 AM

'Absolutely' take this seriously: WA residents told to prepare for storm packing gale-force winds

'Absolutely' take this seriously: WA residents told to prepare for storm packing gale-force winds

One 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.

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.Sandor Earl, who"flogged" Storm CEO Dave Donaghy through a personal training session in one of their first meetings, says Melbourne's professional culture will make them premiership front-runners again as they relocate to Albury.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.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.

Key points: The worst weather is set to arrive late afternoon or early evening Gale force winds up to 125 kilometres per hour are predicted Storms this severe only happen one or two times a year The deep low pressure system is expected to bring a cold unstable air mass over the South West Land Division.It is the first major system for the cool season this year and the kind of weather only seen once or twice a year, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).Players were briefed on biosecurity measures at AAMI Park on Monday and will now effectively lockdown in a setup Donaghy said was"unlike any camp the club has ever done previously".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.It is the first of two major forecast fronts this week, with a much stronger system predicted to move through the South West from Geraldton to Esperance on Tuesday.Widespread damaging winds are expected to develop in western parts of the warning area from late Tuesday afternoon and extend to remaining parts of the warning area by Tuesday evening.Storm back to training on Wednesday As a qualified personal trainer, Earl took it upon himself to crack the whip with teammates over the last six weeks and says Bellamy is expecting to hit the ground running when come May 28.Loading Take this seriously, prepare your house BOM duty forecaster Darryl Bink said people should "absolutely" take the storm warning seriously.Loading "We expect once again the risk of severe weather.

"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.com.It's going to be much windier for a prolonged period of time into Wednesday," he said.Isolated thunderstorms are predicted in the afternoon for Perth.( Supplied: Neil Ashcroft ) Mr Bink said the BOM was expecting light showers ahead of the front today followed by isolated thunderstorms, with the strongest and most damaging winds coming through in the late afternoon and early evening about 6:00pm or 7:00pm."It's a culture thing here and you're not part of the Storm unless you buy into it."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."A lot of areas will see the chance of some damaging winds and even the chance of some isolated damaging gusts up to 125kph are possible, with some showers and thunderstorms and widespread rainfall again with that front..The moment we get back into training, we should be ready to go Storm winger Sandor Earl "Bellyache wants to hit the ground running like he always does, he's not prepared to give away any games." Rain set to clear for Mother's Day Mr Watkins said while it was common to see cold fronts move through this time of the year, the two fronts would bring that would top up a currently low yearly average for this year.

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