Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 1:35 pm Wednesday, 3 March 2021.
Severe thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall, with a chance of damaging winds and large hailstones.

Weather Situation: At 1:30 pm WST radar imagery showed an area of active thunderstorms through the Central West, southern Gascoyne and northern parts of the Central Wheat Belt, moving towards the south. Heavy rainfall is also occurring through western parts of the Central Wheat Belt and Great Southern. Thunderstorms are expected to become more frequent throughout the warning area this afternoon.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to DANGEROUS FLASH FLOODING, DAMAGING WINDS and LARGE HAILSTONES.
Locations which may be affected include Geraldton, Meekatharra, Merredin, Moora, Mount Magnet, Narrogin and Northam.
Storms could be more intense than usual, with rainfall rates that are higher than typically seen at this time of year. Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.
Since 9:00 am Wednesday morning the following rainfall totals have been recorded:
- Northam: 59.2mm
- Muresk: 55.8mm
- Wongan Hills: 33.8mm

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.