The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
This is a new alert
Time of issue: 11:15 AM
Date of issue: 31 December 2019
Take action with thunderstorms coming in parts of the Kimberley
If you live in the Kimberley district you should take action and stay safe with thunderstorms to come.
Locations which may be affected include Kununurra, Wyndham and Lake Argyle.
The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
- 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.
- 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.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance
At 31/12/2019 10:30:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised radar imagery showed a line of potentially severe thunderstorms 30 kilometres to the southeast of Kununurra, moving towards the northwest at 50 kilometres per hour. The line of thunderstorms is expected to reach Kununurra between 11:00 am and 11:30 am, and Wyndham between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour possible in the warning area over the next several hours.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Roads have not been 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 calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the local shire.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
IF YOU NEED 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 www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.