Source: Bureau of Meteorology


Issued at 5:44 am WST on Friday 7 February 2020

Tropical Cyclone Damien is forecast to intensify and turn towards the Pilbara coast during today. Gales are expected on the Pilbara coast this afternoon or evening, ahead of a severe cyclone impact on Saturday.
Areas Affected:
Warning Zone

Wallal Downs to Mardie, including Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier and Barrow Island.
Watch Zone

Mardie to Onslow, and the inland central Pilbara including Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Marble Bar and Nullagine.
Cancelled Zone

Details of Tropical Cyclone Damien at 5:00 am AWST:

Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 100 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 140 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 17.7 degrees South 117.6 degrees East, estimated to be 310 kilometres north northwest of Port Hedland and 345 kilometres north northeast of Karratha.

Movement: southwest at 17 kilometres per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Damien has started to track to the southwest and should continue to intenisify as it turns south towards the Pibara coast today. A severe tropical cyclone impact is forecast for the Pilbara coast during Saturday.

Gales are forecast to develop along the Pilbara coast between Pardoo Roadhouse and Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier from Friday afternoon or evening. DESTRUCTIVE winds with wind gusts to 150 kilometres per hour may develop overnight Friday night as the cyclone approaches the coast. VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts to 230 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre on Saturday. If the cyclone tracks further to the west then gales may develop Saturday morning between Mardie and Onslow. If the cyclone tracks further to the east then gales may develop Saturday morning between Pardoo Roadhouse and Wallal Downs.

Residents between Dampier and Pardoo Roadhouse, including Dampier, Karratha and Port Hedland, are warned of the potential of a VERY DANGEROUS STORM TIDE as the cyclone centre crosses the coast. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with DAMAGING WAVES and VERY DANGEROUS FLOODING.

Heavy rain is likely to cause flooding in the Pilbara and Gascoyne as the cyclone moves inland over the weekend. Refer to Flood Watch at:
Recommended Action:

DFES advises of the following community alerts:

BLUE ALERT effective as of 05:30am AWST 7th Feb 2020: People in or near Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow but not including Onslow, (including the towns of Pannawonica, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Nullagine and Marble Bar) need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

YELLOW ALERT effective as of 9:00am AWST 7th Feb 2020: People in or near Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream (including the Town of Port Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier) need to prepare for cyclonic weather and move to shelter.

People needing SES assistance can call 132 500. In a life threatening situation call 000. For more safety tips visit

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