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Weather warning for SW cancelled

ELLE FARCICThe West Australian
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Update 2pm: A severe weather warning for people in the South West has been cancelled.

People in parts south of a line from Bunbury to Collie to Walpole, including people in, near or between the following towns: Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River,Walpole Augusta and Manjimup are advised that the warning for destructive winds has been cancelled.

Residents in the South West had been warned to prepare for destructive winds in excess of 125km/h as the cold front moved across the region today - squally hit the region between 9am and 2pm.

Showers and possible thunderstorms are still expected, but are no longer expected to be severe.

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The Bureau of Meteorology says although the warning has been cancelled, the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

Cape Leeuwin recorded a 67km/h wind gust just before 9am today while Rottnest, Laverton and Busselton airport recorded gusts around 40km/h.

Earlier this morning, a thick band of fog in the metropolitan area caused minor delays at Perth Airport.

A Qantas spokeswoman said the fog had now lifted and things were returning to normal.

Meanwhile, a smoke alert is in place for motorists travelling 15km north of Halls Creek on Great Northern Highway.

Drivers are asked to take “extreme caution” due to a number of small fires along the eastern side of the highway.

Volunteer firefighters are on site.

Perth can expect 10-20mm of rain and a maximum temperature of 21C today.

If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

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