Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Pilbara and Gascoyne districts.

Issued at 3:51 pm Friday, 11 March 2022.

Possible damaging gusts with storms this afternoon

Weather Situation:
A low pressure trough moving inland is triggering storms this afternoon in the warmer areas inland over the Pilbara and Gascoyne

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Paraburdoo, Tom Price, Gascoyne Junction, Mount Augustus, Pannawonica and Three Rivers.

Significant wind gusts observed this afternoon:

Boolgeeda Airport 81km/h at 3:55pm

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.