MONDAY 6.15PM UPDATE: Almost 30 calls for help have been answered since a wild storm hit Perth and Southwest Western Australia last night, and more damaging weather is set to hit the WA capital from 6pm.
Damage has been reported in Perth’s southern suburbs from Spearwood to Forrestfield.
Forrestfield was worst hit with 10 calls of the 29 received overnight coming from that eastern Perth suburb.
During a blustery night, damage was also reported at Port Denison south of Geraldton, and Yallingup and Brunswick Junction in the state’s Southwest.
Most calls involved minor damage to homes, and fallen trees on homes, cars and fences.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises people living southwest of a line from Lancelin to Hyden to Norseman to Balladonia to Eyre to continue taking action to stay safe with the start of more bad weather.
This includes people in, near and between metropolitan Perth, Mandurah, York, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Narrogin, Katanning, Albany and Esperance.
This type of weather only occurs once or twice a year and could cause major damage to homes and make travel dangerous.
At 5.26pm today, the Bureau of Meteorology advised that a second cold front over the state’s Southwest was expected to cause widespread winds to 100 kilometres an hour that could damage homes and property.
In isolated areas, dangerous gusts exceeding 125 kilometres an hour could significantly damage or destroy homes and property.
Damaging winds are occurring at the Southwest capes.
The winds will extend north to the metropolitan Perth by about 6pm and east to Esperance by about 8pm.
Conditions will ease from the west after 9pm tonight, including over Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River and Bridgetown.
But gusty winds will persist until early tomorrow morning.
Thunderstorms and small hail are possible along southern coastal parts until early tomorrow morning.
Tides will be higher than normal. Dangerous surf conditions are likely and may cause some beach erosion.
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