Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Goldfields, South East Coastal, Central Wheat Belt and Great Southern districts.

Issued at 5:50 pm Tuesday, 28 May 2024.

Severe thunderstorms are approaching Esperance and the western Wheat Belt.

Weather Situation: A cold front has generated a line of severe thunderstorms through the Central Wheat Belt, extending into the South East Coastal, with a general trajectory towards the east to southeast.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Esperance, Koolyanobbing, Salmon Gums and Southern Cross.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Gascoyne district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

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.