WA residents warned to brace for storms

People look out to sea from Cottesloe Beach.
WA residents have been warned to get out of the water as severe storms approach much of the state. -AAP Image

A severe storm warning has been issued for Western Australia's south and mid west including metropolitan Perth.

Authorities say the state capital, Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, Mandurah, Margaret River and Moora could all be affected, and residents should take quick and appropriate action.

Anyone trapped outside needed to find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, stormwater drains and streams, according to an Emergency WA alert issued shortly after 12.30pm on Sunday.

People inside should stay away from windows, unplug appliances and avoid using landline phones.

In the event of flooding, residents are urged to create sandbags using pillowcases and place them around doorways.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a strong upper trough and associated vigorous cold front were expected to cross southwestern WA during the afternoon, resulting in severe thunderstorms.

The system would likely produce locally destructive winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over several hours.

Perth Metro would be in the firing line of the wild weather from around 2pm, the Bureau said, with storms expected to continue into the afternoon and eventually ease away from the coast.

Some roads were likely to be closed while swimmers, surfers and anyone aboard a watercraft were advised to head for shore.