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Severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands says Bureau of Meteorology

April 26 2022 - 11:30pm

Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands

New thunderstorm warning issued

If you live in Goldfields district you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.

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Locations which may be affected include Balladonia, Laverton, Leinster, Leonora, Menzies and Zanthus.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline 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.

IF DRIVING:

  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines 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.

Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

WEATHER DETAILS:

Bureau of Meteorology advised a cold front with an embedded low is moving across South West Land Division today, accompanied by a strong upper trough are producing severe thunderstorms across the southern WA this morning.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central West and Lower West districts and the warning for these districts is cancelled.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by visiting the Main Roads Travel Map, calling 138 138 or by contacting your Local Government Authority.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

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  • If it is safe to do so, please do what you can to help yourself before calling the SES for assistance.
  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500.
  • In a life threatening situation call 000.

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit Emergency WA, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter, Facebook, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

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