Cyclone warning issued as storm builds off WA

A cyclone developing near Western Australia’s north coast is expected to intensify in the next couple of days, affecting port works and locals who have begun preparing for its impact.

A blue alert has been issued for people in or near the coastal communities of Broome to Whim Creek, including residents of areas around Port Hedland, Wallal and Broome.

Those residents have been warned to review their family cyclone plan and organise an emergency kit with a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a tropical low was estimated to be 380km north of Port Hedland and 435km west northwest of Broome, and moving south at 7km/h.

The low is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone late on Sunday or early on Monday, as it tracks towards the coast, and gales could begin on Monday in coastal areas, the bureau says.

The system will continue to intensify and there is a high risk that it will cross the coast as a severe tropical cyclone on Tuesday or Wednesday.


Widespread very heavy rainfall is also expected during Tuesday and Wednesday and is likely to lead to major flooding in the De Grey catchment.

The Port Hedland Port Authority said anchorage evacuation would commence on Sunday afternoon and inbound shipping movements would also be suspended.

Outbound movements will continue as scheduled overnight, but could be amended if flying is made difficult due to cloud base and potential rain.