Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Pilbara and Gascoyne districts.

Issued at 5:02 pm Monday, 1 February 2021.

Tropical low expected to bring heavy rainfall and damaging winds to northwestern WA.

Weather Situation: At 4:00 pm WST a tropical low was located approximately 60 km to the south-southeast of Port Hedland, moving slowly towards the west-southwest. The low is expected to continue moving roughly parallel to the coast over land before moving offshore from the western Pilbara coast during Tuesday or Wednesday.

HEAVY RAINFALL with daily totals between 50mm and 100mm and isolated falls in excess of 200mm are possible over the Pilbara during Monday, extending slowly towards the southwest during Tuesday.

The weather system may also cause DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to 100 km/h over coastal areas west of Port Hedland.

A Tropical Cyclone Advice is current for this system. Please refer to the Advice for details on the expected development of the low at http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/.

Flood Warnings are current for the De Grey River and Fitzroy River Catchments as well as the West Kimberley District, and a Flood Watch remains current for the Sandy Desert and Pilbara Catchments. Please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

Locations which may be affected include Carnarvon, Exmouth, Karratha, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Tom Price.

People in the north of WA may experience this type of weather each year at this time but winds and rain may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.

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.