Wettest day of 2018 for Pilbara towns

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
VideoA 50mm dump overnight has transformed Karratha and filled the gullies, roads and waterfalls around town.

Residents of towns across the Pilbara have woken up to the sound of rain, with more than 50mm falling overnight in some locations.

Karratha, Onslow, Paraburdoo and Newman have all recorded their wettest 24 hour period of 2018 to date.

By 8.30am Wednesday morning 61.2mm had fallen at Karratha Airport, 44mm of which was dumped between 6am and 7am.

Onslow Airport had recorded 87mm in the 24 hours to 8.30am, just shy of the June record of 94mm in 1951.

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Only 11.8mm of rain made its way out to Learmonth Aero, though the town copped a soaking on Tuesday afternoon.

37.6mm was recorded at Paraburdoo Aero, short of 2013’s record of 52.4mm.

Newman recorded 25.2mm, 12mm short of the record set in 2013.

Showers are expected to continue across the region for Wednesday, and expand north towards Port Hedland and Marble Bar.

DFES has advised flash flooding is possible between Karratha and Onslow and inland to Paraburdoo.

A Flood Watch is current for the Minilya, Gascoyne, Ashburton River, Onslow Coast and Fortescue River Catchments.

Road conditions

North West Coastal Hwy water over road.

- Open with caution between Carnarvon and Onslow Rd.

- No current warnings between Onslow Rd and Port Hedland

Nanutarra to Munjina Rd flooding

- Closed to light vehicles in both directions from Tom Price-Paraburdoo Rd to Nameless Valley Rd.

- Closed to light vehicles and trucks from Nameless Valley Rd to Bingarn Rd.

- Closed to all vehicles from Bingarn Rd to Hamersley Rd

- Close to light vehicles and trucks from Hamersley Rd to Great Northern Hwy

For the latest information on road conditions, contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.

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