So Browny and I decide to go camping this evening. As I write this it's 1810 hours.
Just found out this is the forecast for the remainder of the evening:
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for Damaging Winds with Locally Destructive Gusts and Abnormally High Tides
For people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Perth to Hyden to Esperance
including the Perth Metropolitan area, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret
River, Bridgetown, Narrogin, Katanning, Albany and Esperance.
Issued at 4:40 pm on Saturday 30 July 2011
A deep low lies to the south of the state with a strong cold front approaching
from the west. The front is forecast to move through from late Saturday evening
through to Sunday afternoon. From late Saturday evening DAMAGING WINDS to 100
kilometres per hour could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY southwest of a
line from Perth to Walpole, extending to southwest of a line from Perth to Hyden
to Esperance during Sunday morning. IN LOCALISED AREAS southwest of a line from
Perth to Walpole DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour could also
cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY from late Saturday
evening until Sunday morning.
HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES are likely. FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS is
possible between Mandurah and Augusta. DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS are possible
which could cause some beach erosion.
Heavy showers and thunderstorms with small hail may cause local flooding at
The worst weather is expected in areas southwest of a line from Mandurah to
WHAT TO DO
FESA State Emergency Service [SES] advises people to secure loose objects, move
vehicles under cover and stay inside away from windows. If caught outside find
shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams. Boat
owners should make sure their boats are securely moored. Take extra care on the
roads as flooding is possible. If driving through heavy
rain slow down and turn your lights on or if visibility becomes low pull over
and park until it passes. For SES assistance call 132 500. For more safety tips
The next warning will be issued by 8:00 pm Saturday.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.
And I've attached a pic of Browny playing with the fire!
I hope we're able to camp the entire night in our hammocks, will either provide an update later in the evening or first thing in the morning!
Jason and Browny.