Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of South West and Great Southern districts.

Issued at 9:54 am Thursday, 2 May 2024.

Severe thunderstorms continuing north of Busselton

Weather Situation: A trough ahead of an approaching cold front is generating thunderstorms moving onshore in the south west this morning with heavy rainfall. Thunderstorms are likely to ease in the late morning with the potential for further activity on the main front later in the day.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Bridgetown, Bunbury, Collie and Harvey.

64.6 mm was recorded in the 2 hours to 7:50am at Wilydowns.

55.8 mm was recorded in the 2 hours to 8am at Harman South Road.

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.