This is a new alert
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 11:59 AM
Date of issue: 26 October 2018
Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands
If you live in the North Interior, South Interior and parts of the Kimberley and Goldfields districts, you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.
Locations which may be affected include Balgo, Giles, Kiwirrkurra, Laverton, Leinster, Leonora and Warburton.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
- If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
- Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
- Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline 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, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
- Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines 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.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance
At 26/10/2018 11:25:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a deep low pressure system is located in the northeastern Gascoyne with a secondary low pressure trough developing through eastern parts of the Interior. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area during the afternoon and evening. Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are also possible in the South Interior and North Interior districts during the afternoon and evening. Locations which may be affected by heavy rainfall and large hailstones include Balgo, Giles, Kiwirrkurra and Warburton. Storms could cause damage to homes and property. The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year, however if storms develop they are likely to be more intense than usual and dangerous weather conditions may occur in some parts of the warning area.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads may be closed.
Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
- If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
- In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.