Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Gascoyne and Central Wheat Belt districts.

Issued at 3:58 pm Saturday, 22 February 2020.

Thunderstorms are moving through the Gascoyne and northern Central Wheat Belt.

Weather Situation: At 3:50 pm satellite and radar imagery showed a line of thunderstorms in the southern Gascoyne, moving towards the southeast.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce 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 Mount Magnet, Cue, Paynes Find and Sandstone.

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


Allanooka recorded 20.6 mm of rain between 8:00 am and 10:00 am AWST.

Mingenew recorded 16.6 mm of rain between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm AWST.

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.