Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Lower West and parts of Central West, South West, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt districts.

Issued at 1:29 pm Sunday, 22 May 2022.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MAY RESULT IN DAMAGING, LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL THIS AFTERNOON.

Weather Situation: A strong upper trough and associated vigorous cold front will cross southwestern WA this afternoon, resulting in severe thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging, locally destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, Mandurah, Margaret River, Moora, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.

Locally destructive winds are no longer expected north of Perth, and are less likely away from the coast.

Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES OR PROPERTY.

Slippery roads and gusty winds will make driving conditions dangerous this afternoon and evening in the Perth 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.