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


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Great Southern and parts of Central Wheat Belt districts.

Issued at 9:37 am Wednesday, 3 April 2019.
Thunderstorms moving through the Central Wheat Belt and Great Southern Districts. Some of these thunderstorms are severe.

Weather Situation: At 9:30am, satellite and radar imagery showed an area of thunderstorms, some severe, moving through the southern Central Wheat Belt and northern Great Southern Districts, moving in a general southeasterly direction. These thunderstorms are expected to ease later this morning.

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, Narrogin, Corrigin, Hyden, Lake Grace, Lake King, Pingelly, Wagin and York.

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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