Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Gascoyne district.

Issued at 10:46 am Wednesday, 3 February 2021.
Tropical low expected to bring heavy rainfall and damaging winds to northwestern WA.

Weather Situation: At 10:00am WST Wednesday 3 February, a tropical low was near-stationary, located approximately 150km to the north-northeast of Carnarvon. The low is expected to remain over land moving very slowly towards the Gascoyne coast over the next 24 to 36 hours. On Thursday it is forecast to move offshore between Carnarvon and Coral Bay. It is not forecast to develop into a tropical cyclone however hazardous weather is still likely.
HEAVY RAINFALL with daily totals between 50 to 100 millimetres and isolated falls up to 200 millimetres are possible over the northwestern Gascoyne during Wednesday. Similar daily falls are possible during Thursday over the western Gascoyne. Due to the slow moving nature of the system this means there could be significant accumulated rainfall totals over two to three days.

The low may also cause DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts to 90 km/h over coastal areas between Ningaloo and Carnarvon.
A track map showing forecast movement of the Tropical Low is available at www.bom.gov.au/products/IDW60281.shtml
Flood Warnings are current for river catchments across the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne districts. Please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

Locations which may be affected include Carnarvon, Cape Cuvier, Gascoyne Junction, Minilya Roadhouse and Wooramel Roadhouse.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Pilbara district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

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.