Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in Central West and parts of Gascoyne and Central Wheat Belt districts.
Issued at 10:51 am Sunday, 14 January 2018.
At 10am AWST Sunday, a low pressure system (Ex-Tropical Cylone Joyce) was located over the inland central Gascoyne and is moving to the south southwest The low is likely to move off the Central West Coast during the early hours of Monday morning, with heavy rainfall continuing to move south and affect western parts of the South West Land Division through to Tuesday.
A low pressure system (Ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce) lies over the inland Gascoyne and is moving to the south southwest.
It is expected to bring HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to FLASH FLOODING over the Gascoyne, Central West district and northwestern parts of the Central Wheat Belt. Widespread daily totals of 50 to 80mm are expected across the warning area, with isolated heavier totals of up to 100mm possible. DAMAGING WINd GUSTS to 100 km/h are also possible, mainly over areas to the south of the system centre until early Monday morning, when the low is likely to move offshore from the Central West coast.
Heavy rainfall is likely to extend through the southern Gascoyne and into the Central West district and the northwestern Central Wheat Belt during the remainder of Sunday as the low continues to move to the southwest. Condtions will ease over northern pats of the warning area during the remainder of Sunday.
Heavy rainfall is also likely to extend to the Lower West (including Perth Metropolian area), western Central Wheat Belt and the northwest Great Southern district during Sunday evening and Monday morning. While rainfall totals could be in the order of 50mm to 80mm for this event, FLASH FLOODING IS UNLIKELY over these districts and no warning is likely to be issued for these parts.
Widespread falls of 50 to 110mm were recorded through the southern Pilbara and northern Gascoyne in the 24 hours to 9am Sunday.
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 Geraldton, Kalbarri, Moora, Mount Magnet, Wooramel Roadhouse and Yalgoo.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Pilbara district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.
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.