Tropical Cyclone Blake Set To Smash Australia’s West Coast
Western Australia's first tropical cyclone of the summer has developed off the northern coast with heavy rain and strong winds to batter the Kimberley region.
Slow-moving Tropical Cyclone Blake is currently estimated to be 215 kilometres north of Broome and is likely to begin moving south, close to the Dampier Peninsula, on Monday afternoon or evening.
On Tuesday, the category one system is expected to move towards the southwest and may cross the coast near Wallal Downs, along Eighty Mile Beach, late on Tuesday or early on Wednesday.
Destructive winds with gusts over 125km/h may develop early on Tuesday between Beagle Bay and Bidyadanga, including Broome, then extend southwards to Wallal Downs later on Tuesday.
Gales could extend into inland parts of the eastern Pilbara late on Tuesday or early on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
“Cyclone Blake developed over waters to the north of Broome and is likely to cause gales along the northwest Kimberley coast during Monday,” Network 10’s weather expert Josh Holt said.
“During Tuesday the system is forecast to move towards the south southwest and may cross the coast in the vicinity of Wallal Downs along Eighty Mile Beach late on Tuesday or early Wednesday. As this happens there is a chance of further intensification with the system possibly reaching category 2 strength.”
“There is a good chance we could see rainfall totals between 200 – 300 millimetres and that is why a Flood Watch has been issued for coastal areas of the western Kimberley and the eastern Pilbara.
“This is once again an example why Australia is a country of extremes. While we have deadly bushfires burning in eastern Australia, flooding rains will impact the western parts of the country at exactly the same time.”
A cyclone Blue Alert is currently in place currently for people in or near communities between Kuri Bay to De Grey, including Broome but not including Derby in the Kimberley.
People in North Kimberley Rivers, West Kimberley Rivers, De Grey River, Sandy Desert should prepare for possible flooding, expected in the coming days.
There is no immediate danger but residents have been urged to keep up to date in case the situation changes.
Flights in and out of Broome have been cancelled for Monday.