Severe Thunderstorm Warning

IDW28201

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall
for the Gascoyne and Central West forecast districts

Issued at 3:22 pm WST on Saturday 31 January 2015.

For people in parts of WA west of a line Cape Cuvier to Paraburdoo to Newman to Wiluna to Mount Magnet to Kalbarri. This includes people in or near: Meekatharra. This does not include Carnarvon, Denham, Kalbarri and Newman.

People are advised that there is a risk of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS this afternoon and evening.

RADAR imagery indicates a line of strong thunderstorms to the west of Gascoyne Junction, moving in a southeasterly direction.

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 6:30 pm WST Saturday.

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.