Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central Wheat Belt, Gascoyne, Goldfields, Central West and Great Southern districts.

Issued at 4:02 pm Tuesday, 28 May 2024.

A line of isolated severe thunderstorms is affecting the Wheat Belt this afternoon.

Weather Situation: A cold front has generated a line of isolated severe thunderstorms through the Central Wheat Belt, with a general east to southeast trajectory into neighbouring districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, 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 Merredin, Beacon, Koolyanobbing, Mukinbudin and Southern Cross.

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.