Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in South East Coastal, Central Wheat Belt and parts of Goldfields, Eucla, Central West and Great Southern districts.
Issued at 1:51 pm Thursday, 26 December 2019.
Thunderstorms developing in central southern WA this afternoon.
Weather situation: At 1:30 pm satellite imagery showed a line of developing thunderstorms to the east of Ravensthorpe and a second line extending from east of Mullewa to Dalwallinu.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds with gusts to 100 km/h in the warning area over the next several hours.
Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are also possible with thunderstorms occurring in the southeast of the warning area, southeast of a line from Esperance to Norseman to Zanthus.
Locations which may be affected include Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Merredin, Norseman, Salmon Gums and Southern Cross.
Storms are expected to begin to impact Esperance between 2:45pm and 3:45pm.
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 cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.