Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 8:53 am WST on Friday 12 January 2018

Headline:
Tropical Cyclone Joyce is moving parallel to the coast near Eighty Mile Beach. It is expected to move inland during the day.

Areas Affected:
Warning Zone
Bidyadanga to Whim Creek, including Port Hedland, as well as inland parts of the far western Kimberley and northeast Pilbara including Marble Bar.

Watch Zone
None

Cancelled Zone
Broome to Bidyadanga, including Broome, and Whim Creek to Dampier, including Karratha.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Joyce at 8:00 am AWST:
Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 75 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 19.4 degrees South 121.0 degrees East, estimated to be 40 kilometres north northwest of Sandfire Roadhouse and 55 kilometres northeast of Wallal Downs.

Movement: southwest at 19 kilometres per hour.

The cyclone is currently moving parallel to the coast, just offshore from Eighty Mile Beach. It should move inland during the day and track through the central Pilbara and inland Gascoyne on Saturday. The wind threat from the system will ease overnight, but heavy rainfall is likely to continue near the track of the system over the weekend.

Hazards:
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are forecast between Bidyadanga and Wallal Downs this morning extending further southwest to Pardoo Roadhouse during today, and possibly to Port Hedland tonight if the system tracks further west. GALES may extend as far inland as Marble Bar tonight if the system holds its intensity as it moves inland.

Tides will be higher than expected between Broome and Pardoo Roadhouse.

Heavy rainfall is expected over the west Kimberley coast and eastern Pilbara today, extending through the central Pilbara and into the inland Gascoyne on Saturday. Widespread daily rainfall totals of around 50 to 100 mm are expected, with isolated heavier falls of 100-250 mm possible near the system centre. Flood Watches and Warnings are current. Please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for further details.

Recommended Action:
DFES advises of the following community alerts:

YELLOW ALERT: People in areas from south of Bidyadanga to Wallal, need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

BLUE ALERT: People in, near and between Wallal to Whim Creek including Port Hedland, South Hedland 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.

ALL CLEAR with CAUTION: People in areas from Broome to Bidyadanga, including Bidyadanga, are advised that wind dangers have passed but you need to take care to avoid the dangers caused by any damage.

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