; Winter storms - City of Wanneroo

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Winter storms

Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia and on average, cause more damage and destruction than cyclones, earthquakes, floods and bushfires.

Each year, from May to October, storms, including tornados, thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds cause major destruction to the southern half of the State from Kalbarri to Israelite Bay.

Help during or after a storm

For life-threatening emergencies Call 000

If your home has been badly damaged and you need help, call the State Emergency Services (SES) on 132 500

Advice in storms

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows
  • Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris
  • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways
  • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris
  • Be careful of fallen power lines.  They are dangerous and should always be treated as live
  • Assess your home, car and property for damage
  • If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs
  • If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500


Storm warning information

Before and during a storm, warnings are available through:


Storm preparation

For storm preparation information click below:

Most storm damage to homes occurs from:

  • Loose and broken roof materials
  • Fallen trees and branches
  • Flooding from blocked gutters.