Warning Zone called for Cape Leveque, De Grey, Broome

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 a tropical cyclone is likely to form off the west Kimberley coast late Friday or early Saturday – while a Warning Zone has been called for Cape Leveque to De Grey, including Broome.

A Watch Zone has also been called for De Grey to Whim Creek, extending to the inland east Pilbara and the southwest Kimberley to include Marble Bar, Nullagine and Telfer.

A warning released this afternoon at 6pm said the storm is currently estimated to be 90 kilometres west of Broome, travelling southwest at 12 kilometres per hour.

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The tropical low is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone off the west Kimberley coast late Friday or early Saturday.

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.

“Communities between DeGrey and Whim Creek, including Port Hedland and in the inland east Pilbara should listen for the next advice.”

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 during early Sunday as the system intensifies and approaches the east Pilbara or far west Kimberley coast.”

The bureau has also called Flood Warnings for the North Kimberley, West Kimberley, Kimberley and North Pilbara District Catchments including Fitzroy River, De Grey River, Sandy Desert due to heavy rainfall associated with a tropical low.

DFES advises people and communities to be aware that flooding is possible, to be prepared to relocate and that road conditions may be adversely affected.

More weather advise will be released at 9pm tonight.

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