WA Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Gascoyne, Central West and Central Wheat Belt districts.

Issued at 8:19 pm Tuesday, 18 February 2020.

Thunderstorms extending in the northern parts of the Central Wheat Belt.

Weather Situation: At 8:10pm satellite and radar imagery showed a line thunderstorms in the central parts of the Gascoyne and the far east of the Central West district, moving slowly east southeast into the northern parts of the Central Wheat Belt.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, Cue, Dalwallinu, Gascoyne Junction, Mount Augustus, Paynes Find and Yalgoo.

Mullewa recorded 33.2mm of rain between 4:40pm and 6:00pm AWST.

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 cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.


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