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Gusty thunderstorms in the Kimberley

Mellissa Mackellar, Thursday December 27, 2012 - 12:20 EDT

Storms rolled through the Kimberley on boxing day, bringing rain and very strong winds.

Thunderstorms dumped 26mm on Kunanurra since 9am on Wednesday, with as much as 13mm falling in the space of ten minutes. This brings the monthly rainfall total to 127mm, just short of the monthly average for December. The town also recorded wind gusts of 100km/h, the strongest wind gusts recorded in nearly two years.

WA's most northern town, Wyndham, also had their strongest wind gusts in nearly two years, reaching 96km/h, while 34mm of rain was recorded. This was the most rain they've seen this month, with 12mm falling in ten minutes. Meanwhile, winds gusted to over 80km/h in Argyle, where just 8mm fell in the gauge.

A lingering low pressure trough will continue to cause thunderstorms to fire up over WA, with a severe weather warning issued for the Gascoyne, Central West and Central Wheat Belt.

- Weatherzone

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