Call for urgent action as storm warning issued
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for much of the State’s south, which could lead to flash flooding and large hailstones as the storm system develops.
Residents from Harvey in the South West to Boyatup, near Israelite Bay in the State’s east, are being urged to take action now following a warning by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
The warning area covers parts of the South East Coastal, Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, Lower South West, and Greater South West land division.
DFES said areas which could be affected include Esperance, Harvey, Hyden, Katanning, Narrogin, Norseman, Lake Grace, Lake King, Pingelly, Ravensthorpe, Salmon Gums and Wagin.
Although the weather is not unusual for this time of year, DFES warned the storm could damage homes and make travel dangerous, and urged people to stay indoors.
The Bureau of Meteorology advised an area of thunderstorm activity was developing through parts of the South West land division, with a severe thunderstorm likely to develop this afternoon.
The BOM warned the next several hours could bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, and large hailstones in the warning.
DFES ask residents to call the SES if their home is badly damaged by a storm, on 132 500.
If the situation is life threatening call 000.
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