Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 9:57 am Friday, 15 March 2019.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to develop during the afternoon across parts of central WA.

Weather Situation: A deep trough lies just inland from the west coast, with a large area of thunderstorm activity expected east of the trough, possibly severe in parts of the warning area.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area during the afternoon and into the evening. Locations which may be affected include Kalgoorlie, Merredin, Norseman, Hyden, Lake King, Leonora, Menzies, Mukinbudin, Paynes Find, Ravensthorpe, Salmon Gums and Southern Cross.

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.