Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Pilbara, Gascoyne and Central West districts.

Issued at 12:20 pm Sunday, 27 March 2022.

Thunderstorms likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

Weather Situation: Fresh to strong northerly winds on the eastern flank of ex-Tropical cyclone Charlotte, which remains well off the Gascoyne coast, is feeding a very humid and unstable airmass over the mid west of WA. Damaging winds and heavy rainfall are potential hazards over most of the warning area, heavy rainfall is the main risk over western parts of the Central West district.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Geraldton, Kalbarri, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, Paraburdoo, Northampton, Paynes Find, Three Rivers and Yalgoo.

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.