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Severe Weather Warning

Thursday 24 May 2018

Dear Members,

The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a Severe Weather Warning for destructive winds and abnormally high tides. (See below for Warning or click here to visit BOM website)

Forecasts indicate SoPYC will experience severe conditions from 8.00pm tonight and we ask all boat owners to visit the club during the day to check your vessel.

For boats in water pens please check that your mooring lines are adequate and secure. Boom covers, sail covers and biminies should be checked also.

For boats on the Western Hardstand, it is recommended that you tie your boat to the trailer and then secure your trailer with wheel chocks.

Kind regards

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia
Severe Weather Warning
For people in Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and parts of Central Wheat Belt districts.
Issued at 4:47 am Thursday, 24 May 2018.
Weather Situation:
A strong cold front will affect western and southern parts of WA from 5pm Thursday through to Friday morning.
Warm, fresh to strong and gusty northerly winds are expected ahead of the cold front over the Gascoyne, South West Land Division and the Goldfields. Showers and squally thunderstorms are expected with the passage of the cold front and for the several hours after.
The leading edge of the cold front will move east to lie near the southwest Capes at around 5pm Thursday, reaching Kalbarri to Perth to Walpole at around 8pm and Murchison to Cunderdin to Albany around 11pm Thursday night.
DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are likely over the warning area, particularly during the onset of the showers and thunderstorms as the leading edge of the front passes through.
DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour that could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY are possible in exposed coastal areas, particularly near the west coast south of Jurien Bay, and are most likely with the onset of the showers and thunderstorms.
HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES may cause FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS near the west coast south of Kalbarri and particularly in the Geographe Bay area, including Busselton and Dunsborough.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.
People in the southwest of WA typically experience a front as windy as this about 5 times per year. It will be the first significant cold front of the 2018 Autumn/Winter period and a change from the dry Autumn over the southwest of WA. It will also be the first significant rainfall for the Gascoyne region for many months.
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.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AWST Thursday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at or call 1300 659 213. The Bureau and Department of Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

South of Perth Yacht Club