Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Kimberley district.

Issued at 11:09 am Thursday, 27 February 2020.

Wet and windy conditions associated with Ex-tropical cyclone Esther

Weather Situation: At 11:00am WST, the centre of ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther was located about 40km northwest of Timber Creek, Northern Territory and was moving towards the west-northwest at about 15 km/h. The tropical low is expected to continue moving in a west-northwest direction, reaching the WA/NT Border early on Friday. Squally thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are likely, particularly close to the tropical low's centre.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING will develop over the far northeast part of the Kimberley during Thursday afternoon and evening and extend to western parts of the warning area on Friday. Widespread daily rainfall totals of 50mm with isolated falls to 150mm are possible through Thursday evening with totals increasing to widespread falls of 50 to 100mm with isolated falls to 200mm on Friday.

The low may cause DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 35 to 45 km/h with wind gusts potentially reaching 90 km/h, and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

Locations which may be affected include Kununurra, Wyndham, Lake Argyle, Warmun, Mitchell Plateau and Troughton Island.

A Flood Watch has also been issued for parts of the Kimberley District. For further details please refer to

The Severe Weather Warning is likely to extend further to the west later on Friday and on Saturday as the low moves in a general southwesterly direction through the Kimberley.

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 boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
* Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
* Assess your home, car and property for damage.
* If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
* If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.