Cyclone building off Western Australia


The tropical low is expected to reach cyclone intensity late today or early tomorrow.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a cyclone warning is current for coastal areas from Kuri Bay to Wallal Downs, including Broome.

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected near the west Kimberley coast from late today and will extend into the eastern Pilbara during Tuesday.

Falls of up to 150 millimetres are likely with the potential for up to 200mm in some areas.

Gales may develop near the coast between Kuri Bay and De Grey this afternoon or tonight, depending on the development and movement of the system.

The destructive winds could have gusts in excess of 125km/h between Bidyadanga and De Grey along Eighty Mile Beach, the bureau warned.

A flood watch has also been issued for coastal areas of the western Kimberley and eastern Pilbara.

The bureau said if the low intensified sufficiently it would be known as Tropical Cyclone Blake.

The system could also bring increased rain to central parts of Western Australia during the coming week.





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