Warnings as severe storms lash WA

Residents in Western Australia are being warned of destructive winds and dangerous surf as a severe strong cold front moves across the state.

The front near Busselton will reach Bunbury and Walpole this morning before moving toward Albany over the next few hours.

Warnings for damaging winds and surf conditions have been issued for South West and South Coast areas of the state.

Severe weather lashes southwest WA. (Weatherzone)

Showers and thunderstorms are also forecast with peak gusts to hit around 115 km per hour.

High tides are expected to cause significant coastal erosion with Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Dunsborough and Walpole forecast to cop the brunt of the extreme weather.

Cape Leeuwin recorded a wind gust of 111 km per hour at 1.03am this morning while Busselton Jetty recorded a wind gust of 93 km per hour just after 3am.

The front started to sweep across southwest WA on yesterday afternoon bringing gusty winds, showers and storms.

In the four hours to 1pm AWST, there had already been widespread falls of 10-20mm over southwestern parts of the state, including Perth.

In just ten minutes, Mandurah recorded 10mm of rain. Elsewhere, Rottnest Island received 7.2mm, Witchcliffe 6.0mm and Busselton 5.8mm in the same amount of time. Rainfall rates this high can cause localised flash flooding.

Conditions will ease by Monday afternoon.

Elsewhere a trough is generating showers and alpine snow in Tasmania, Victoria and southern NSW with strong wind warnings in place for all three states.

The Sunshine Coast and Goldcoast are also being warned of gales and hazardous surf today.

It will be mostly clear elsewhere under a high and dry air

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