Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 2:46 pm WST on Thursday 11 January 2018

Headline:
Tropical Cyclone Joyce formed earlier today off the west Kimberley coast and is expected to intensify tonight while moving in a south to southwesterly direction. There is a risk of a severe tropical cyclone impacting the Pilbara or far west Kimberley coast during Friday or early on Saturday.

Areas Affected:
Warning Zone
Cape Leveque to Port Hedland, including Broome and Port Hedland, as well as remaining inland parts of the far western Kimberley and far northeast Pilbara.

Watch Zone
Port Hedland to Dampier, including Karratha and Dampier, as well as remaining inland parts of the central and eastern Pilbara, including Nullagine, Marble Bar, Telfer, Newman and Tom Price

Cancelled Zone
None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Joyce at 2:00 pm AWST:
Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 75 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 35 kilometres of 17.3 degrees South 121.7 degrees East, estimated to be 90 kilometres northwest of Broome and 155 kilometres north of Bidyadanga.

Movement: south at 9 kilometres per hour.

The uncertainty in the forecast track means that it is still possible the system could impact coastal parts of the central Pilbara late on Friday or during Saturday.

Hazards:
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are possible today between Cape Leveque and Bidyadanga. GALES may extend to areas between Bidyadanga and Wallal Downs during Thursday evening, and to areas between Wallal Downs and Port Hedland on Friday. If the system tracks further to the west then GALES are possible in areas between Port Hedland and Karratha on Saturday.

DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts to 130 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal parts between Beagle Bay and Wallal Downs, including Broome, on Thursday evening if the system is close enough to the coast. DESTRUCTIVE winds may extend to Pardoo Roadhouse during Friday.

VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts to 180 kilometres per hour are possible near the centre of the system on Friday, if it develops into a severe tropical cyclone.

Tides will be higher than expected between Cape Leveque and Pardoo Roadhouse.

Heavy rainfall is expected over the northwest and west Kimberley coast, extending to the far eastern Pilbara during Thursday. Widespread daily rainfall totals of around 50 to 150 mm are expected with isolated heavier falls of 150-300 mm possible. 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, near or between Cape Leveque and Bidyadanga, including Broome and Bidyadanga need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

BLUE ALERT: People in, near and between Bidyadanga and Port Hedland, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Marble Bar and nearby communities, need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

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