Water Police advise to avoid the ocean as wild weather approaches the south-west


July 29, 2017 19:58:21

Water Police are urging people across Western Australia’s southern half, including Perth, to avoid the sea or ocean amid “atrocious” conditions.

A storm was forecast to hit the South West and metropolitan area about 8:00pm Saturday night, bringing strong winds and rain.

Winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour along the Rockingham coast overnight already tore part of the roof off an apartment complex in Calista.

Emergency crews were called to Edmund Way about 1:00am as some sections of the roof landed on nearby power lines.

The complex lost power and residents were evacuated.

Water Police Acting Sergeant Marty Allen said conditions on the water, between Jurien Bay and Esperance, would be dangerous for several days.

“There are large seas, large swell, quite a bit of wind and we just don’t want people going out there and getting in trouble,” he said.

“That includes not only people going out on the boats but also people fishing from rocks, the shore, tourists going to local locations where there are cliffs.”

Sgt Allen said the swell around Rottnest Island was currently about 5 metres and was likely to stay at that level for a few days.

“As the weather improves, the ocean may appear to be nice and calm but there’s still a large swell running and that is when a lot of boats get into trouble because they think it’s calm but there are…

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