Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Gascoyne, Goldfields, Central West and Central Wheat Belt districts.

Issued at 1:34 pm Sunday, 18 October 2020.

Weather Situation: A low pressure trough lies through central parts of the State and will continue drifting slowly southward during this afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Satellite imagery and radar show slow-moving thunderstorms over the northern part of the Central West, and thunderstorms are also evident through the Central Wheat Belt and central Goldfields.

The potential for heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is mainly limited to the Central West and southwest Gascoyne.

Locations which may be affected include Laverton, Leinster, Leonora, Menzies, Morawa, Mullewa, Northampton, Paynes Find and Yalgoo.

Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

This 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.