Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall for people in the Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts.
For people in parts of WA west of a line from Geraldton to Morawa to Southern Cross to Hyden to Albany. This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Geraldton, Jurien Bay, Dalwallinu, York, Southern Cross, Narrogin, Katanning, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Katanning, the Perth Metropolitan area and Mandurah.
A rain band with embedded thunderstorms lies across most of the warning area. At 4:00am Friday, satellite and radar imagery showed areas of moderate to heavy rain over much of the area, particularly over western and southern parts of the warning area.
HEAVY RAINFALL that may cause FLASH FLOODING is possible through parts of the warning area. Heavy rainfall is more likely over areas to the north of Perth and south of Bunbury but there remains a risk that Perth, Bunbury and Mandurah may receive rainfall heavy enough to cause FLASH FLOODING until about 9am WST Friday.
The rain will ease during Friday morning and contract east.
Flood Watches have been issued for the Central West, Central Wheat Belt and Lower West and South West forecast Districts. A Flood Warning has been issued for the Busselton Coast and Blackwood River catchments. For further details please click here.
Between 9am Thursday and 4am Friday, the following rainfall totals have been recorded:
Capel North: 118mm
Bindi Bindi (DAFWA): 70.4 millimetres
Watheroo (DAFWA): 67.6 millimetres.
Busselton Airport: 64 millimetres.
Wongan Hills (DAFWA): 68.0 millimetres.
Styles Tower: 61.6 millimetres
Warradarge East (DAFWA): 58.8 millimetres.
Eneabba (DAFWA): 56.4 millimetres.
This weather pattern is not typical for this time of the year. Heavy rainfall 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 there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
- 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 can not see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
The next warning will be issued by 7:15 am WST Friday.