Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Pilbara district.

Issued at 11:03 am Sunday, 29 May 2022.

Heavy rainfall in the Pilbara, extending into the far southwest of the Kimberley on Monday.

Weather Situation: Heavy rainfall as a cloud band and surface trough and low offshore move northeastwards. The low is expected to weaken and move further offshore late Monday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected in parts of the Pilbara south of Port Hedland today and then extend into the far southwest of Kimberley on Monday. Rainfall rates will gradually ease from the south of the warning area later today and then throughout by late Monday evening.

6 hourly forecast rainfall totals are expected to be 40-80 mm, reaching 80-120 mm near the coast.

A Flood Watch is current for the Pilbara Coast Rivers. Please refer to www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/

Locations which may be affected include Karratha, Onslow, Port Hedland, Marble Bar, Wallal Downs and Whim Creek.

24 hour rainfall totals to 9am Sunday include :

158 mm at Varanus Island

145mm at Yarraloola Homestead

128 mm at Exmouth

120 mm at Thevenard Island

100 mm at Mardie

99mm at Barrow Island

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.