Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall
for the Gascoyne, Central West, Lower West and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts
Issued at 8:01 pm WST on Sunday 1 February 2015.
For people in parts of WA west of a line from Gingin to Wongan Hills to Meekatharra to Mt Augustus to Carnarvon. This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Jurien Bay, Geraldton, Northampton, Kalbarri and Dalwallinu. This does not include Meekatharra, Denham and Carnarvon.
At 7:55 pm the Geraldton radar indicate possible severe thunderstorms 80 km to the northeast of Geraldton and moving south southwest, but weakening.
At 4:19 pm a gust of 100 km/hr was reported at Eneabba.
Large hail to 2cm in size has been reported from Geraldton, Dongara and Eneabba.
People are advised that there is a risk of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS this evening.
Storms may be accompanied by
- DAMAGING WINDS
- LARGE HAIL
- HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING.
Storms could cause 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 11:00 pm WST Sunday.
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.