WA Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large Hail, Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

or people in parts of Central West, Lower West, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt districts.

Issued at 7:47 am Wednesday, 3 April 2019.

Active thunderstorms moving through the Central Wheat Belt and the Lower West including the far northern suburbs of Perth

Weather Situation: At 7:40am, satellite and radar imagery showed an active area of thunderstorms moving through the southern Central Wheat Belt and adjacent Lower West including the far northern suburbs of Perth, moving in a southeasterly direction.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Merredin, Northam, Corrigin, Dowerin, Gingin and Wongan Hills.

Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.

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.


 

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