Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 8:53 am Friday, 9 April 2021.

Period of strong winds for far northwest on Saturday

Weather Situation: Tropical Cyclone Odette is situated well to the northwest of the Pilbara coast. It will approach the far northwest of the state on Saturday and although it is expected to have weakened, a brief period of strong to gale force winds is possible during Saturday afternoon or evening.

DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 90 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY between Exmouth and Coral Bay during Saturday afternoon or evening.

Winds are expected to increase for a period of only a few hours before easing again as the system passes quickly to the southwest and continues to weaken.

A Tropical Cyclone Watch is current for areas of the west coast between Coral Bay and Lancelin due to a second system, Tropical Cyclone Seroja. For further information go to http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/index.shtml

Severe Weather is forecast to affect Exmouth, Coral Bay and North West Cape.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
* Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
* Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.
* If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
* Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
* Assess your home, car and property for damage.
* If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
* If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.