WA Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain & Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Gascoyne and Goldfields districts.

Issued at 9:12 am Sunday, 9 February 2020.

Heavy rainfall and damaging winds possible through the eastern Gascoyne and northern Goldfields later today and on Monday as the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Damien track south.

Weather Situation:
At 08:00am AWST Sunday, Tropical Cyclone Damien (Category 1) was located over the southern Pilbara, about 55 kilometres north of Paraburdoo, moving towards the south southeast at 16 kilometres per hour.
Damien is forecast to weaken below tropical cyclone intensity later on Sunday, however the remnant low pressure system is expected to carry with it an area of heavy rainfall as it moves south southeast through the eastern Gascoyne and the northern Goldfields.

HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible over the warning area. Heavy rainfall is expected to develop over the northeast Gascoyne during Sunday afternoon and evening, before extending south through the remainder of the eastern Gascoyne and the northern Goldfields during Monday.

The low may also cause DAMAGING WINDS over the northeast Gascoyne during Sunday afternoon and evening. Winds near the low should average 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts to around 90 km/h that could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. Damaging winds should ease by early Monday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, Leinster, Mount Augustus, Three Rivers and Wiluna.

A Tropical Cyclone Warning remains current, as well as various Flood Watches and Warnings. Refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for more information.

Whilst it is not unusual for the remnants of a tropical cyclone to track over inland WA, rain may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.

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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