WITH thunderstorms predicted across the Central West this week, the State Emergency Service (SES) says now is the time to get prepared.
Thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds are expected from Tuesday to Thursday this week, with up to 80 millimetres of rain expected in some locations.
SES hazard planning co-ordinator Craig Ronan said summer storms can wreak damage when they occur.
“People need to be aware that storms can be dangerous with hail and wind,” he said.
Ahead of this week’s predicted storms, Mr Ronan said a little planning could go a long way to protecting your home and your family.
“People can start preparing now, if they’ve got a damaged roof get someone in now,” he said.
There will be storm warnings this week and that’s when our crews go on standby.State Emergency Service hazard planning co-ordinator Craig Ronan
“Clear the leaves from the gutters, it can cause the ceilings to flood and sag and burst.”
Mr Ronan also suggested that people consider the objects lying around outside their home.
“Pick up any lose objects in your backyard,” he said.
“The winds can get very strong and items can be picked up and fly around.”
During heavy rainfall, flash floods can occur and people are urged not to enter these fast-moving waters.
“People should not go into flood waters, they shouldn’t walk, swim or drive in it. That’s where loss of life can occur,” Mr Ronan.
While no weather warnings have been issued so far this week, he expects as conditions worsen that the Bureau of Meteorology will issue warnings.
“There will be storm warnings this week and that’s when our crews go on standby,” Mr Ronan said.
People should call the SES on 132 500 in cases of an emergency or flood during a storm.
“An emergency could be when a house gets damaged or you might have a tree that’s blown down and caused damage,” Mr Ronan said.
“If there’s trees [down] on roads you can also call the SES.”
Storm season runs from October to March each year and Mr Ronan said historically during this time there were “particularly bad storms” in the Central West during this time.