Cyclone Joyce fizzles for the Pilbara

Staff reportersNorth West Telegraph
VideoThunder, lightning and rain hit Port Hedland as Cyclone Joyce develops off the north west coast.

Port Hedland has been removed from cyclone watch as Cyclone Joyce moves inland north of Wallal Downs.

All areas between De Grey and Whim Creek were downgraded from their blue alert today, while areas south of Wallal Downs to De Grey and inland to Marble Bar remained.

A yellow alert was still in place for areas south of Bidyadanga to Wallal Downs as the category one cyclone moved inland at 11km/h.

VideoThunder, lightning and rain hit Port Hedland as Cyclone Joyce develops off the north west coast.

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The Bureau of Meteorology predicts it will bring gales with gusts up to 100km/h may extend further southwest to Pardoo Roadhouse during the afternoon.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises for people in yellow alert areas to ensure all pets are in safe areas, prepare a relocation kit with emergency kits, while people on blue alert, should be ready for dangerous weather and secure or remove all loose material around homes.

Minor Flooding is expected in De Grey River Catchments however, and the Department of Emergency Services advises people, including those in Nullagine and Marble Bar, to prepare by packing a relocation kit, prepare pets and livestock and steer clear of storm drains and pipes.

VideoThe cyclone is expected to develop off the WA coast on Thursday

A flood warning has also been issued for the Ord River, East Kimberley Rivers, North Kimberley Rivers, West Kimberley Rivers, De Grey Rivers and Sandy Desert Catchments.

The Great Northern Highway between Roebuck Roadhouse to Marble Bar Road Intersection has been reopened to all vehicles with extreme caution.

For SES assistance call 132 500 and the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au, www.emergency.wa.gov.au or call 13 DFES.

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