Storms to hit Pilbara

Storms have been forecast for residents of north-west Western Australia, so batten down the hatches.

A low pressure system and an associated rain band are approaching north-western parts of WA.

This weather system is expected to produce heavy rainfall that may cause flash flooding in coastal and adjacent inland parts between Onslow and Northampton, contracting to coastal and adjacent inland parts between Onslow and Coral Bay during Monday.

High tides may cause flooding in low-lying coastal areas between Onslow and Denham.

This weather is not typical for this time of year and heavy rainfall may cause damage to property and make for hazardous road conditions.

The warning has been addressed in particular to people in parts of WA bounded by Onslow to Pannawonica to Gascoyne Junction to Mullewa to Northampton to Kalbarri to Denham to Cape Cuvier to Exmouth.

This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Onslow, Barrow Island, Exmouth, Coral Bay, Cape Cuvier, Carnarvon, Denham, Northampton and Kalbarri.

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.

If your home or property has significant damage call the SES on 132 500.

The next warning will be issued by 11:00am WST Monday.

For current radar images please check the Bureau of Meteorology website.

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