Storm damage in Mundaring in January this year.

Storms on the way despite record ‘hot and dry’ spell

DFES deputy commissioner operations Craig Waters says
May 30, 2024

PREPARE now for storm season before it’s too late. That’s the message from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) with the record hot and dry weather expected to end soon as winter fast approaches.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a typical winter for southern WA so residents are urged to get their homes ready for potentially destructive storms.

DFES deputy commissioner operations Craig Waters warned people not to be complacent because of record hot and dry weather from October to April.

“Don’t get caught off guard when the weather turns. The worst damage is often seen in early winter before property maintenance has been done,” he said.

“Now is the time to clear your gutters so excess water doesn’t get inside your home, remove overhanging branches and tie down loose objects so they don’t become projectiles in strong winds.

“After such a long, dry spell in recent months, keep an eye out for built-up leaf litter, loose branches and dead or damaged trees which could break off or fall over in strong winds.

“Preparing your home now will not only relieve pressure on our State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers who often respond to urgent calls for assistance, it could save your life and protect your property.”

From May to August last year, the SES received almost 1000 storm-related calls for assistance, including roof and structural damage, fallen trees or branches and water damage.

Bureau of Meteorology hazard preparedness and response WA manager James Ashley said conditions through south-west WA in autumn had been significantly warmer and drier than normal but the weather pattern was starting to change as winter approached.

Advice on how to prepare your home for severe weather can be found on the DFES website.

If your home is badly damaged by a storm and you need assistance to make it safe, you can call the SES on 132 500.

Stay up-to-date with severe weather warnings by checking EmergencyWA, calling 13 DFES, following DFES on social media and listening to local radio broadcasts.

Find the bureau's forecasts and warnings at BOM or on the BOM Weather app.

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