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


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 1:28 pm Tuesday, 5 May 2020.

Severe thunderstorms possible in eastern parts of the South West Land Division.

Weather Situation:
A trough has produced a line of thunderstorms through eastern parts of the South West Land Division. This area is expected to gradually move eastwards during the day.

The 1 pm satellite image shows a line of thunderstorms stretching from Dalwallinu in the northwestern Central Wheatbelt down to Hopetoun on the south coast. It is possible that some of these storm may be severe during Tuesday afternoon and evening and could produce DAMAGING WINDS, LARGE HAILSTONES and HEAVY RAINFALL THAT MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING in the warning area. Locations which may be affected include Merredin, Hopetoun, Hyden, Lake King, Ravensthorpe and Southern Cross.

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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