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 Gascoyne and Central West forecast districts

Issued at 12:56 pm WST on Friday 27 March 2015.

For people in parts of WA west of a line from Dongara to Paynes Find to Mt Augustus to Coral Bay, excluding communities on the coast south of Denham. This includes people in, near or between Cape Cuvier, Carnarvon and Northampton. This does not include Denham, Kalbarri or Geraldton.

At 12:40 pm Learmonth and Carnarvon radars show a potentially SEVERE THUNDERSTORM about 25 km west-northwest of Cape Cuvier which is moving to the east-northeast. It is expected to reach the coast at around 1:20pm.

In remaining parts of the warning area, people are advised that there is a risk of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS developing this afternoon and continuing into Friday evening.

Storms may be accompanied by

- DAMAGING WINDS

- LARGE HAIL and

- 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 4:00 pm WST Friday.

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.