Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of South East Coastal district.

Issued at 6:35 am Monday, 15 January 2024.

Heavy storms have cleared around Esperance, pushing further east.

Weather Situation: a shortwave upper trough offshore combined with surface level moisture is providing conditions conducive to severe thunderstorm development through parts of the state.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

36mm in 30 minutes, and 74mm in 2 hours at Esperance airport earlier this morning.

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 there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
* If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
* Slow down and turn your headlights on.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.