Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall
for the Pilbara, Gascoyne, Goldfields and South Interior forecast districts
Issued at 4:58 pm WST on Friday 30 January 2015.
For people in parts of WA in an area bounded by Telfer to Carnegie to Leinster to Paynes Find to Minilya Roadhouse to Newman to Telfer. This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Meekatharra and Newman.
At 4:45pm satellite imagery shows thunderstorms that may be severe within the warning area, near a line from Paynes Find to south of Telfer and near a line from Mount Augustus to Wiluna.
People are advised that there is a risk of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS in the afternoon and evening.
Storms may be accompanied by
- DAMAGING WINDS
- LARGE HAIL and
- HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING
Storms could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.
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 8:00 pm WST Friday.
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.