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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES

For people in Great Southern, Central Wheat Belt and parts of Lower West, South West, South Coastal and South East Coastal districts.

Issued at 1:06 pm Thursday, 21 March 2019.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop during the afternoon across parts of the South West Land Division.

Weather Situation: An active trough in the area is likely to generate severe thunderstorm activity during the afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area during the afternoon. Locations which may be affected include Katanning, Merredin, Narrogin, Northam, Jerramungup, Lake Grace, Lake King, Pingelly, Ravensthorpe, Southern Cross, Wagin and Wongan Hills.

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.


The next warning is due to be issued by 4:10 pm.

If severe thunderstorms develop in Greater Perth, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213. The Bureau and Department of Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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