Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Kimberley district.

Issued at 5:48 pm Tuesday, 26 January 2021.

Frequent showers and thunderstorms bringing heavy rain to the northern Kimberley.

Weather Situation: A deep trough lies through the northern Kimberley, with the potential for a tropical low to develop over the southwestern Top End on Wednesday. The trough is likely to remain near stationary for the next few days, with the low moving into the Kimberley by Thursday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is occurring in the northeastern Kimberley and is expected to extend further west during Wednesday. Scattered 24 hour rainfall totals of 50 - 100mm are expected across the warning area; with heavier falls to 200mm possible.

Heavy rainfall through the northern Kimberley is likely to continue for the next few days and is forecast to extend to the western Kimberley during Thursday and Friday. It is possible that some localities may receive in excess of 400mm over the next 48 hours.

Locations which may be affected include Kununurra, Wyndham and Lake Argyle.

A Flood Watch is current for the Kimberley district in anticipation of heavy rain continuing for the next few days. Please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

In the 2 hours up to 5:30 pm Tuesday Argyle Airport recorded 55.2 mm.

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.