Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 4:41 pm Tuesday, 2 February 2021.

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

Weather Situation: At 2:00 pm WST a tropical low was located approximately 210km to the east of Coral Bay.
moving towards the south-southwest. The low is now expected remain longer over land before moving offshore near Coral Bay during Thursday morning and is no longer likely to develop into a tropical cyclone.

HEAVY RAINFALL with daily totals between 50mm and 100mm and isolated falls in excess of 250mm are possible over the western Pilbara and will extend slowly into northwestern parts of the Gascoyne during the remainder of Tuesday.Similar daily falls are likely for Wednesday and Thursday but most likely over the western Gascoyne as the low moves further to the west.

The weather system may also cause DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts to 90 km/h over coastal areas between Exmouth and Gnaraloo.

A track map showing forecast movement of the Tropical Low is available at www.bom.gov.au/products/IDW60281.htm

Flood Warnings are current for the De Grey River and Fitzroy River Catchments as well as the West Kimberley District and west Pilbara rivers. 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, Onslow, Coral Bay and Minilya Roadhouse.

In the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday morning, rainfall totals below:

109mm at 59 mile peg

102mm Indee

89mm Black Hills

These locations are inland between Port Hedland and Karratha.

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.