Weather warning for Perth (cloned for SW 1344742626)
The South West is expected to be buffeted by strong winds.

A weather warning has been issued for the south of the State including Perth, with a cold front expected to bring heavy rain and winds up to 125km/h today.

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority has warned people living from Perth to Albany, including Bunbury, Busselton, Bridgetown and Margaret River, to prepare for the bad weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised of a strong cold front bringing gusty winds of up to 125km/h, which could cause damage to homes and property.

A strong cold front is approaching the South West, which could bring damaging winds and heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding.

The front is expected to hit this morning in the South West district, extending throughout this afternoon and evening.

"If you live between Perth and Albany you need to get ready now for the bad weather," FESA warned.

"This includes people in, near or between Perth, Bunbury, Busselton, Bridgetown, Margaret River, Albany, Mandurah and surrounding areas.

"This is typical weather for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous."

Higher than normal tides are expected near the south coast.

WHAT TO DO: FESA's State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family prepare before the bad weather starts:

- Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car
- Clear gutters and downpipes so they do not overflow after heavy rain
- Store or weigh down loose objects around your home or work like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
- Prepare an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
- Organise an emergency plan, including a relocation plan for your family and pets in case your home becomes flooded.

- If your home has been badly damaged by a storm call the SES on 132 500.
- In a life threatening situation call 000.
- For the latest weather information call 1300 659 213.

The West Australian

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