Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Issued at 4:30 pm Wednesday, 26 February 2020.
Weather Situation: At 2:00pm WST, the centre of ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther was located about 80km west of Daly Waters, Northern Territory and was moving towards the west-northwest at about 10 km/h. The system is expected to continue moving in a west-northwest direction, reaching the WA/NT Border on Thursday night. Squally thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are likely, particularly close to the system centre.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING will develop over the far northeast part of the Kimberley during Thursday afternoon and evening. Widespread rainfall of 25 to 50mm with isolated falls to 100mm can be expected through late Thursday evening.
The low may cause DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 35 to 45 km/h with with gusts potentially reaching 90 km/h, and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.
Locations which may be affected include Kununurra and Lake Argyle.
A Flood Watch has also been issued for parts of the Kimberley District. For further details please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/.
The Severe Weather Warning is likely to extend further to the west on Friday and Saturday as the low moves in a general westerly direction through the north Kimberley.
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.