Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in Central West and parts of Lower West and Central Wheat Belt districts.
Issued at 12:05 pm Friday, 17 June 2022.
Severe thunderstorms over the Central West this afternoon.
Weather Situation: Thunderstorms are forming over much of south west WA ahead of an approaching cold front, causing damaging wind gusts and isolated heavy rainfall.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Geraldton, Merredin, Moora, Northam, Northampton and Wongan Hills.
Warradarge East recorded 25.2mm in 1hr.
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 there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
* If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
* Slow down and turn your headlights on.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.