Storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia and can occur at any time of year. Storms range in severity and can pass through fairly harmlessly or pose a significant threat to the community.
Severe storms can be extremely dangerous and cause destruction to the environment and nearby infrastructure. They can even cause injury or loss of life.
Damaging winds, flash flooding, lightning and hail cause damage to homes, cars, roads and vegetation, as well as disrupting essential services like electricity, water and gas.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) work together to inform the community when there is a severe storm risk.
Once BoM issues a Severe Weather or Severe Thunderstorm Warning, DFES will provide alerts and warnings on Emergency WA: www.emergency.wa.gov.au
There are four warning levels that align with the expected timing of storms.
While the dangers of a storm can’t be prevented, you can prepare and reduce the amount of damage a storm can cause. Most damage is caused by flying objects, fallen trees and flooding from blocked gutters.
As storms can happen at any time and sometimes without much notice, it is best to prepare and maintain your property throughout the year.
Visit the DFES website below for more information.