Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 4:39 pm Saturday, 15 January 2022.

EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE BRINGS HEAVY FALLS AND WINDY WEATHER TO THE KIMBERLEY AND NORTH INTERIOR.

Weather Situation:
At 4:20 pm Ex-Tropical Cyclone Tiffany was located in the central Kimberley. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Tiffany will remain a deep tropical low as it slowly tracks in a south to southeasterly direction over the inland Kimberley and northern North Interior overnight on Saturday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected across the northern and inland areas of the Kimberley and adjacent areas of the North Interior as the tropical low tracks in a south to southeasterly direction.

Heavy rain is likely to ease through the western Kimberley during Saturday night while heavy rainfall continues through the northern Kimberley and adjacent North Interior.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS up to 100 km/h are expected in severe thunderstorms and possible with showers across the Kimberley and adjacent North Interior.

A Flood Watch for the Kimberley and eastern Desert regions is also current. Refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for all current warnings.

Locations which may be affected include Derby, Cape Leveque, Beagle Bay, Halls Creek, Kununurra, Wyndham, Kuri Bay, Lake Argyle, Mitchell Plateau, Mount Barnett, Troughton Island and Warmun.

People in the north of WA may experience this type of weather each year at this time but winds and rain may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.

From 9 am until 4:20 pm on Saturday:

Koolan Island reported 119 mm of rainfall.

Lombadina Airstrip reported 67 mm of rainfall.

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 boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
* Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
* Assess your home, car and property for damage.
* If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
* If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.