Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Kimberley and Pilbara districts.

Issued at 4:50 am Monday, 30 May 2022.

Heavy rainfall in the northwest of the Pilbara and far southwest of the Kimberley.

Weather Situation: Heavy rainfall as a cloud band, surface trough, and low offshore move northeastwards. The low is expected to weaken and move further offshore later today

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected in northwestern parts of the Pilbara and far southwest of Kimberley during today. Rainfall rates are expected to gradually ease from the south of the warning area during the afternoon and then throughout by later this evening.

6 hourly forecast rainfall totals are expected to be 40-80 mm, reaching 80-120 mm near the coast.

A Flood Watch is current for the Pilbara Coast Rivers. Please refer to

Locations which may be affected include Port Hedland, Bidyadanga, Shay Gap, Wallal Downs, Whim Creek and Wickham.

24 hour rainfall totals to 9am Sunday include :

158 mm at Varanus Island

145mm at Yarraloola Homestead

128 mm at Exmouth

120 mm at Thevenard Island

100 mm at Mardie

99mm at Barrow Island

and since 9am Sunday :

103mm at Roebourne

78mm at Coonanarrina Pool

74mm at Karratha

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.