Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 2:46 pm WST on Thursday 21 January 2021

Gales expected to develop on the east Pilbara and west Kimberley coasts from Friday afternoon in coastal areas including Broome but not Port Hedland.

Areas Affected:
Warning Zone
Beagle Bay to Port Hedland, including Broome but not including Port Hedland.

Watch Zone
Inland areas of the east Pilbara including Telfer.

Cancelled Zone
The Watch zone from Whim Creek to Port Hedland is cancelled.

Details of Tropical Low at 2:00 pm AWST:

Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 75 kilometres of 15.8 degrees South 119.7 degrees East, estimated to be 360 kilometres northwest of Broome and 515 kilometres north northeast of Port Hedland.

Movement: southwest at 17 kilometres per hour.

Tropical low (08U) is gradually intensifying as it moves towards the coast. It is expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone overnight and may reach Category 2 intensity late on Friday as it approaches the coast in the vicinity of Eighty Mile Beach.

GALES may develop on the coast near Bidyadanga and Broome during Friday afternoon and may extend to other parts of the Warning area during Friday evening. Gales are not likely at Port Hedland.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 140 kilometres per hour may develop overnight Friday or early Saturday as the system nears the coast. It is unlikely that destructive winds will be experienced in Broome.

Heavy rainfall combined with strong winds may develop along the west Kimberley coast during Thursday evening, before extending to coastal areas of the Pilbara east of Port Hedland during Friday morning, and extending inland east of Port Hedland during Friday evening. Heavy rainfall is not expected west of Port Hedland.
Recommended Action:

DFES advises of the following community alerts:

BLUE ALERT: People in communities between Beagle Bay and Port Hedland including Broome, but not including Port Hedland, need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

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