Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in parts of Kimberley district.
Issued at 4:43 pm Saturday, 29 February 2020.
Wet and windy conditions associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther.
At 2:00pm WST the centre of ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther was located about 70km north northeast of Derby, moving towards the southwest at about 15 km/h. The tropical low is expected to take a more southerly track overnight before turning towards the southeast during Sunday. Squally thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are likely, particularly close to the tropical low's centre.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible over northern and western parts of the warning area, and will extend to remaining parts during Saturday night and on Sunday.
Widespread daily rainfall totals of 100 to 200mm are expected, with isolated falls to 350mm possible.
The low may cause DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 35 to 45 km/h with wind gusts potentially reaching 90 km/h, and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.
Locations which may be affected include Mitchell Plateau, Troughton Island, Mount Burnett, Cape Leveque, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Broome.
Flood Watches and Warnings are current for parts of the Kimberley District. For further details please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/
Widespread rainfall totals over 100mm were recorded over the northern Kimberley in the 24 hours to 9am Saturday, with the highest being 191mm at Ellenbrae.
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.