WA Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Gascoyne and parts of Pilbara, North Interior, South Interior and Central West districts.

Issued at 4:31 pm Saturday, 13 January 2018.

Weather Situation:
At 4pm AWST Ex-Tropical Cylone Joyce was estimated to be 55km north of Paraburdoo moving southwest at 21km/h.
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce will continue to move southwest through southern parts of the Pilbara into northern parts of the Gascoyne this evening and then towards northern parts of the South West Land Division on Sunday.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce will continue to weaken as it moves further inland. It is expected to bring HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to FLASH FLOODING. Widespread daily totals of 50 to 80mm are expected across the warning area, with isolated heavier totals of up to 130mm possible near the system's centre.

HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to FLASH FLOODING, and DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 100 km/h over the central and southern Pilbara, western parts of the Interior, the northern Gascoyne and extending into the central parts of the Gascoyne in the evening.

Heavy rainfall is likely to extend through the southern Gascoyne and into northern parts of the South West Land Division during Sunday as the low continues southwest. However, there is still some uncertainty as to its exact path and therefore where the heaviest rainfall will be.

Since 9am Saturday Barimunya has recorded 51mm. Widespread falls of 100mm or more were recorded in Marble Bar and surrounds during the 24 hours to 9am Saturday.

A Flood Warning has been issued for the De Grey River Catchment.

A Flood Watch has been issued for the following catchments: Pilbara Coastal Rivers, Fortescue River, Ashburton River, Gascoyne Coast Rivers, and Greenough River catchments. For further details please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings

Locations which may be affected include Denham, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Newman, Paraburdoo and Tom Price.

Conditions will gradually ease from the north as the low moves southwest.

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 boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
* Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
* Assess your home, car and property for damage.
* If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
* If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.


 

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