Severe Thunderstorm Warning

IDW28201

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for damaging winds and heavy rainfall
for the Pilbara, Gascoyne, Goldfields, North Interior and South Interior forecast districts

Issued at 6:51 pm WST on Monday 2 March 2015.

For people in parts of WA within an area bounded by Billabong Roadhouse to Paynes Find to Leinster to Warburton to Telfer to Minilya to Billabong Roadhouse. This includes people in, near or between: Meekatharra, and Newman. The warning for people in the area bounded by Northampton to Billabong Roadhouse to Paynes Find to Northampton has been CANCELLED.

People are advised that there is a risk of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS for the remainder of Monday evening. At 6.45 pm satellite imagery showed large areas of thunderstorm activity in the northeast Gascoyne, southeast Pilbara and through the Interior.

Storms may be accompanied by

- DAMAGING WINDS

- HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING.

Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

Newman recorded 26.8mm in 32 minutes to 1.00pm.

Mount Whaleback mine in the southern Pilbara recorded 43 mm of rain in the 60 minutes to 1.00 pm and a total rainfall of 49 mm.

The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year, but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down and turn your headlights on.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you can not see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

The next warning will be issued by 9:45 pm WST Monday.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's web site at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.

The Bureau and Department of Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.