Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 5:44 am WST on Tuesday 2 February 2021

Heavy rain and gusty winds for the Pilbara as a tropical low tracks just inland from the coast. A tropical cyclone is not expected to develop until the low moves off the far west Pilbara coast during Wednesday.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: Exmouth to Minilya Roadhouse, including Coral Bay.

Watch zone: Minilya Roadhouse to Carnarvon, including Cape Cuvier

Cancelled zone: None.

Details of Tropical Low at 5:00 am AWST:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 45 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 30 kilometres of 21.7 degrees South 116.5 degrees East, estimated to be 115 kilometres south southwest of Karratha and 145 kilometres east of Onslow.
Movement: west southwest at 22 kilometres per hour.

The tropical low is over land to the south southwest of Karratha and moving roughly parallel to the Pilbara coast. It is likely to continue to track over land today and not reach tropical cyclone intensity until after it moves off the Ningaloo coast during Wednesday.

HEAVY RAINFALL is expected across the central Pilbara, extending into the western Pilbara during today and the northwestern Gascoyne on Wednesday. A Severe Weather Warning and Flood Watches and Warnings are current, refer to for further information.

GALES with gusts to 90 km/h may develop between Exmouth and Minilya Roadhouse on Wednesday if the low moves offshore from the upper west coast and intensifies.

GALES may then extend further south to Carnarvon later Wednesday or on Thursday.

Tides will be higher than expected along the Pilbara coast today and on Wednesday.

Recommended Action:
DFES advises of the following community alerts (effective as of 6:00am AWST

BLUE ALERT: People in or near communities from Exmouth to Minilya Roadhouse need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

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

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