Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for damaging winds and heavy rainfall
for the Pilbara and Gascoyne forecast districts
Issued at 9:36 pm WST on Tuesday 3 March 2015.
For people in parts of WA within an area bounded by Telfer to Cotton Creek to Meekatharra to Murchison Roadhouse to Minilya to Nanutarra to Telfer. This includes people in or near Newman. This does not include Meekatharra.
People are advised that there is a risk of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS during the remainder of Tuesday evening. At 9:15 pm satellite imagery shows a large area of thunderstorms over mainly central and western parts of the area.
Storms may be accompanied by
- DAMAGING WINDS
- HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING.
Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY, particularly due to heavy rainfall in thunderstorms.
Severe thunderstorms are expected to ease just before midnight.
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 12:30 am 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.