WA Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large Hail, Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Goldfields district.

Issued at 5:49 pm Friday, 17 January 2020.

Weather Situation:A surface trough is pushing northeastwards over inland WA. Thunderstorms have developed throughout the warning area and are likely to continue for the next few hours before weakening.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Laverton, Leinster, Leonora and Menzies.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central Wheat Belt district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

A wind gust of 85 km/h was observed at Leonora Airport at 5:32pm WST.

A wind gust of 80 km/h was observed at Kalgoorlie Airport at 2:49pm WST.

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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