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The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 02:23 PM
Date of issue: 06 June 2018
Take action with severe weather coming in parts of the Pilbara
If you live in parts of the Pilbara you should take action and stay safe with severe weather to come.
Locations which may be affected include Karratha, Newman, Port Hedland, Marble Bar, Nullagine and Whim Creek.
This weather is unusual for this part of WA for this time of year. Winds and rain may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.
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.
- Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.
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 06/06/2018 13:55:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised a rain band lies across the northwest of WA and will be slow moving over the next day or two.HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible over parts of the Pilbara between Karratha and Port Hedland and inland to Newman during Wednesday and Thursday.A Minor Flood Warning is current for the Gascoyne River, and a Flood Watch is current for the London-Minilya, Ashburton River, Onslow Coast and Pilbara Catchments.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
- Nanutarra Munjina Road in both directions from Bingarn Road to Hamersley Road in Tom Price - closed to all vehicles
- Nanutarra Munjina Road in both directions from Nameless Valley Road to Bingarn Road Tom Price - closed to light vehicles and trucks
- Nanutarra Munjina Road in both directions from Tom Price Paraburdoo Road to Nameless Valley Road Tom Price - closed to light vehicles and trucks
- Nanutarra Munjina Road in both directions from Hamersley Road to Great Northern Hwy - closed to light vehicles and trucks
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.
- Emergency services have answered more than three calls for help since 7am this morning.
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.