*Please note part of the warning area has been cancelled.
If you live in an area bounded by Kalbarri to Mount Magnet to Mount Jackson to Jurien Bay and back to Kalbarri, you should continue to take action and stay safe with more thunderstorms to come.
This includes people in in or near Northampton and surrounding areas.
This doesn't includes the coastal towns of Kalbarri, Jurien Bay or Geraldton.
This is unusual weather that is likely to cause damage to homes and make travel dangerous.
WHAT TO DO:
• If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
• Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
• Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline 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, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
• Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines 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.
• Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.
Take care west of Dongara to Jurien Bay
The severe weather warning for west of Dongara to Jurien Bay has been cancelled, but people in these areas should take care when going outside and assessing damage.
DFES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe once the storm has passed:
• Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
• Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
• Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
• Assess your home, car and property for damage.
• Check to see if your neighbour needs help.
• If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
• If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.
As at 3.42pm on 17 March 2016 the Bureau of Meteorology advises that there is a risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
Satellite and radar imagery at 3:30pm shows an area of thunderstorms northeast of Northampton extending towards Paynes Find. These storms are moving southeasterly.
Storms may be accompanied by:
• Damaging winds
• Heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding
• Large hail.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
For the latest weather warnings visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings or call 1300 659 213.
The next update will be provided when the situation changes.
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