Severe Thunderstorm Warning

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall
for the Pilbara, Gascoyne, Goldfields, South Interior, Central West, Lower West and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts

Issued at 1:45 pm WST on Sunday 1 March 2015.

For people in parts of WA within an area bounded by Perth to Hyden to Southern Cross to Carnegie to Telfer to Nanutarra to Overlander Roadhouse to Lancelin to Perth. This includes people in, near or between: Newman, Meekatharra, Dalwallinu and York. This only includes parts of the metropolitan area northeast of a line Yanchep to Bullsbrook.

People are advised that there is a risk of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS for the remainder of Sunday. At 1.30 pm satellite and radar imagery showed multiple thunderstorms within southern parts of the warning area, particularly around Morawa, York and east of Dalwallinu.

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.

Several sites have recorded significant rainfall totals, including:

- 46.8 mm at South Holmwood rain gauge in the Irwin River catchment

- 40.0 mm at Rolling Green, between Toodyay and Gidgegannup

- 34.8 mm at Gutha West, north of Morawa, and

- 34.6 mm at Lake Chittering

Gutha West also recorded an 80 km/h wind gust at 12.18 pm.

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 4:30 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.