Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 5:06 pm Thursday, 4 March 2021.

Severe thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall, with a chance of damaging winds and large hailstones.

Weather Situation: At 4:45 pm WST radar and satellite imagery showed thunderstorms across the warning area.

Throughout the warning area severe thunderstorms are likely to produce HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to DANGEROUS FLASH FLOODING.

Thunderstorms across the eastern Central Wheat Belt, Goldfields and South East Coastal districts may also produce DAMAGING WINDS and LARGE HAILSTONES.

Locations which may be affected include Albany, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Katanning, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Norseman, Ravensthorpe, Salmon Gums, Southern Cross, Wagin and Walpole.

Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Lower West district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Since 9:00 am Thursday morning the following rainfall totals have been recorded:

- Wickepin East: 38.8mm

- Darkan: 30.8mm

- Denmark: 27.8mm

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.