Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for damaging and locally destructive winds, large hail and heavy rainfall
for the South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts
Issued at 4:43 pm WST on Wednesday 22 October 2014.
For people in parts of WA south of a line from Augusta to Collie to Kellerberrin to Mount Jackson to Bremer Bay. This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Southern Cross, Narrogin, Katanning, Bridgetown and Albany. The warning for areas to the west, including York, has been cancelled.
At 4:30pm, radar and satellite imagery showed shower and thunderstorm activity along a surface trough over western parts of the warning area in the vicinity of Manjimup, Katanning and Narrogin. Some of these thunderstorms are likely to be severe. Thunderstorms are expected to extend further east this evening as the surface trough moves eastwards and may affect Albany after 6pm.
Storms may be accompanied by
- DANGEROUS WINDS
- LARGE HAIL
- 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 7:30 pm WST Wednesday.
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.