Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Goldfields, South East Coastal and parts of Gascoyne, Eucla, South Coastal, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt districts.

Issued at 10:47 am Wednesday, 17 February 2021.
Severe thunderstorms possible over central parts of the state Wednesday.

Weather Situation: A surface trough located in eastern parts of the South West Land Division is expected to cause a large area of showers and thunderstorms to develop. These storms will move to the southeast during the afternoon and evening.
Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in the warning area from around midday Wednesday. It is possible that some of these storms will be accompanied by DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to FLASH FLOODING. Storms that develop south of Hyden may also be accompanied by LARGE HAIL.

Locations which may be affected include Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Norseman, Ravensthorpe, Salmon Gums and Southern Cross.

If storms develop they are likely to be more intense than usual and DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS may occur in some parts of the warning area, particularly southeast of Hyden.

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.