Records keep tumbling as rain, gusts smash Pilbara

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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VideoSevere wet weather in Port Hedland from a tropical low, Port Hedland is on track for the second wettest March in history, possibly even wettest.

Pilbara towns are being battered with destructive winds and heavy rainfall.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned residents to take action and stay safe as a tropical low brings 125km/h winds and heavy rainfall causing flash flooding.

Squally thunderstorms also pose a risk.

Areas affected include Port Hedland, Tom Price, Marble Bar, Nullagine, Pardoo Roadhouse and Whim Creek.

All Qantas and Virgin flights into Port Hedland have been cancelled tonight.

BOM this afternoon said 289.8mm has fallen on Port Hedland so far this month, making it the sixth wettest on record, and more than the whole of 2016.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises people to stay indoors, unplug electrical appliances and if caught outdoors find shelter away from trees, powerlines and drains, rivers and waterways.

Flood warnings have also been announced for the Pilbara district and catchments likely to be affected include Fortescue River, Ashburton River, the De Gray River and Pilbara coastal rivers.

DFES advises people and communities to be aware that flooding is possible and be prepared to relocate equipment and livestock, watch water levels and not to drive in waters of unknown depth.

For updated warnings and weather forecasts visit the BOM website at www.bom.gov.au/wa.

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