A vigorous cold front and low are making their way towards WA this
morning from the Indian Ocean. This system might not be green but most
certainly will pack a punch.
A severe weather warning is in place for destructive winds which are
likely to reach 110 to 130km/h and with abnormally high tides for WA's
Central West, Lower West and South West Districts. The strongest winds
are likely to occur just ahead of the system which is likely to cross
Perth Metro late morning (WST) moving further east into the SW Land
Division earlier this afternoon.
So far Cape Naturaliste has recorded wind gust of up to 104km/h and
Rottnest Island wind gusts of up to 91km/h.
On the coasts, rough seas and dangerous surf are likely to cause some
coastal inundation as the peak of the front hits around the high
tide of 1.1 metres, just after 11 am.
Heavy rain associated with this system is likely to bring flash
flooding and thundery showers. The heaviest falls and storms will
occur with the front and immediately in its wake. Areas from about
Perth to Augusta could see 50 to 100mm of rain over the next 24 hours,
particularly along the coastal fringe where isolated areas could see
up to 150mm.
Since 9am this morning, Whitecliffe in Margaret River has received
48mm of rainfall, with 18mm in Cape Leeuwin.
Tomorrow, winds and rain are likely to ease later in the afternoon
though another 15 to 25mm are likely around the metro area.
It won't be until Thursday, however, that Perthians will be able to
wake up where the clouds are far and perhaps ... bluebirds fly.
© Weatherzone 2014
16:49 EDT Farmers and councillors in cyclone-ravaged parts of Queensland are asking the Federal Government to rewrite disaster assistance to include grants for replanting crops.