Tropical low moves west, severe impact possible

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 Cyclone Watch is current for people between Pardoo Roadhouse and Whim Creek, extending to the inland East Pilbara to include Marble Bar, Nullagine and Telfer.

The low may develop into a tropical cyclone off the west Kimberley coast on Friday, and strengthen into a category 2 tropical cyclone before taking a southward track on Saturday towards the coast.

A warning released this afternoon at 6pm said the system is expected to make landfall, possibly as a severe category 3 tropical cyclone, during Sunday along the east Pilbara or far west Kimberley coast.

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“People between Kuri Bay and Wallal, including Broome and Derby need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit,” the warning read.

The storm is currently estimated to be 130 kilometres south southeast of Kuri Bay and travelling southwest at 20km 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 during Saturday or early Sunday,” the release said.

“Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165km per hour may develop from Sunday morning as the system intensifies and approaches the coast.”

More weather advise will be released at 9pm today.

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