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


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central Wheat Belt and parts of Gascoyne, Goldfields, South East Coastal and Great Southern districts.

Issued at 8:13 pm Monday, 24 February 2020.

Severe thunderstorms moving through the Central Wheat Belt, northeast Great Southern, southern Gascoyne and western Goldfields.

Weather Situation:
At 8:10 pm radar and satellite imagery showed thunderstorm activity throughout most of the warning area.

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 Kalgoorlie, Merredin, Norseman, Lake King, Paynes Find and Southern Cross.

A severe thunderstorm cell lies about 30km to the northwest of Kalgoorlie and is likely to affect Kalgoorlie over the next 30 minutes to an hour. Radar imagery indicates the cell may track directly over the centre of the town.


The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year, but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.

Mount Magnet observed a wind gust of 100 km/h at 4.00pm

Watheroo observed a wind gust of 94 km/h at 2.50 pm.

Various locations around the Central Wheat Belt have recorded rainfall totals of 25-40mm from these storms.

Large hail has been reported over parts of the Central Wheat Belt.

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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