Severe Tropical Cyclone expected Sunday

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

Severe Tropical Cyclone impact likely on Sunday over the east Pilbara coast or far west Kimberley coast, according to the Bureau of Meteorology .

BoM has advised there is a Warning Zone from Cape Leveque to Pardoo Roadhouse, including Broome – while a zone has been cancelled for Cockatoo Island to Cape Leveque.

A warning released this morning at 9pm said a tropical low is expected to move west southwest off the Dampier Peninsula in the next hour or two and is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone off the west Kimberley coast later Friday.

During Saturday while intensifying before moving south and intensifying into a Severe Tropical Cyclone (Category 3) before making landfall, most likely later Sunday along the east Pilbara or far west Kimberley coast.

“People between Cape Leveque and DeGrey, including Broome need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit,” the warning read.

“People between Derby and Cape Leveque are advised that wind dangers have passed”

The storm is currently estimated to be 65 kilometres north of Broome and 155 kilometres west of Derby, travelling west southwest at 23 kilometres an hour.

Heavy rainfall is likely in the east Pilbara on Saturday.

“Destructive winds with gusts to 150km per hour may develop along the coast between Broome and Pardoo Roadhouse early Saturday,” the release said.

“Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour may develop from late Saturday or during Sunday as the system intensifies and approaches the east Pilbara or far west Kimberley coast.”

More weather advise will be released at noon today.

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