Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Pilbara, Gascoyne, Goldfields, Eucla and South Interior districts.

Issued at 10:43 am Thursday, 18 February 2021.
Severe thunderstorms expected to develop during Thursday afternoon.

Weather Situation: A surface trough extending from the inland Pilbara to the Eucla coast is expected to cause a large area of thunderstorms to develop from midday Thursday.
Severe thunderstorms developing in the afternoon may produce HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to FLASH FLOODING, as well as DAMAGING WINDS.
Locations which may be affected include Newman, Paraburdoo, Tom Price, Rawlinna, Three Rivers and Wiluna.
The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.

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.