Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of the
Pilbara district.

Issued at 10:01 am Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

Weather Situation:
A tropical low is centred about 250 kilometres northwest of Port Hedland. This low is expected to cross the Pilbara coast during tonight. Showers and thunderstorms are observed on Port Hedland radar and will begin affecting coastal areas from around 10:30am WST. Squally winds and heavy rainfall can be expected in thunderstorms.

DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may cause FLASH FLOODING may also occur in the warning area.

Conditions should ease early on Wednesday as the low moves inland and dissipates.

Locations which may be affected include Port Hedland, De Grey, Pardoo Roadhouse and Whim Creek.

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 boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
* Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
* Assess your home, car and property for damage.
* If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
* If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.