Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 6:13 pm Thursday, 31 March 2022.

Severe thunderstorms affecting parts of western WA.

Weather Situation: A tropical northerly moisture infeed, combined with an unstable airmass across western WA have developed severe thunderstorms this afternoon and will continue into the evening.

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, Paraburdoo, Mount Augustus, Morawa, Mullewa and Yalgoo.

Geraldton has recorded 37.6 mm since 9am Thursday, 31.2mm fell in 30min to 6pm.

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.