Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in South Coastal and parts of South West, South East Coastal and Great Southern districts.

Issued at 4:59 pm Sunday, 22 May 2022.

Severe thunderstorms with a vigorous cold front over southwestern WA this afternoon and evening

Weather Situation: A strong upper trough and associated vigorous cold front is crossing southwestern WA, resulting in severe thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging 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 Albany, Katanning, Mount Barker, Jerramungup, Lake Grace and Walpole.

Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES OR PROPERTY.

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.