Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 9:03 am WST on Monday 1 February 2021
Headline:

Heavy rain and gusty winds for the Pilbara as a tropical low tracks near the coast but a tropical cyclone is now not expected to form until Tuesday off the far west Pilbara coast.
Areas Affected:

Warning Zone
Mardie to Ningaloo including Onslow and Exmouth.

Watch Zone
Ningaloo to Minilya

Cancelled Zone
De Grey to Mardie including Port Hedland and Karratha.

Details of Tropical Low at 8:00 am AWST:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 30 kilometres of 20.7 degrees South 119.4 degrees East, estimated to be 95 kilometres east southeast of Port Hedland and 455 kilometres east northeast of Onslow.

Movement: west at 20 kilometres per hour.

The tropical low is over land and moving roughly parallel to the Pilbara coast. It is now not expected to move off the coast today but is forecast to move off the northwest coast on Tuesday and then develop into a tropical cyclone.
Hazards:

HEAVY RAINFALL is expected across the central and eastern Pilbara today gradually extending west into Tuesday. Severe Weather Warning and Flood Watches and Warnings are current, refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further information.

GALES with gusts to 100 km/h may develop in coastal areas between Mardie and Ningaloo including Onslow and Exmouth during Tuesday. GALES may then extend south to Minilya later Tuesday or on Wednesday.

Tides will be higher than expected along the Pilbara coast.
Recommended Action:

DFES advises of the following community alerts (effective as of 9:00am AWST Monday):

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

ALL CLEAR: People in communities De Grey to Mardie are advised that wind and storm surge dangers have passed but you need to take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

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

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