Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:13 am Friday, 11 February 2022.

Severe thunderstorms are likely across the southwest of the state

Weather Situation: Warm and humid conditions are present across the southwest ahead of a trough along the west coast. Strong winds associated with an upper trough are likely to lead to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Merredin, Northam, Pingelly, Ravensthorpe, Southern Cross and Wongan Hills.

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.