Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Kimberley, Pilbara, North Interior and South Interior districts.

Issued at 4:27 am Thursday, 3 March 2022.

EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE ANIKA TO BRING HEAVY RAIN AND DAMAGING WINDS TO NORTHERN PARTS OF WA

Weather Situation: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Anika crossed the coast near Wallal and has weakened below cyclone intensity. At 5am WST Wednesday Ex-Tropical Cyclone Anika was located near 20.4S 121.2E, about 270 km east of Port Hedland and 90 km southeast of Wallal, moving southeast at 13 km/h. It is expected to weaken further as it moves through the east southeast Pilbara during Thursday. From Friday morning Anika is forecast to weaken over the WA interior.

HEAVY RAINFALL which is expected to lead to flash flooding is currently occurring near the system centre, in the area between Pardoo and Bidyadanga and the adjacent inland areas, extending to the Interior from early Thursday. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 50 to 150mm are likely today. 24-hour rainfall totals of up to 200mm are possible, but becoming less likely as the low moves further inland.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS with peak gusts of around 110 km/h are likely near the system centre and with thunderstorms over the eastern Pilbara, extending into the Interior later today as the system moves towards the southeast.

Flood watches and warnings are current for the area. See http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for more information.

Locations which may be affected include Pardoo Roadhouse, Parnngurr, Sandfire, Shay Gap, Telfer and Wallal Downs.

Mandora 122.8mm in the 6hrs to 2:54pm WST Wednesday.

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 boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
* Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
* Assess your home, car and property for damage.
* If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
* If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.