*Please note changes under warning area, cyclone details and road closures.
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or between the coastal communities of Bidyadanga to Mardie.
This includes people in Sandfire, Wallal, Pardoo, Marble Bar, Port Hedland, South Hedland, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and Pannawonica and surrounding areas.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in or between the coastal communities of Broome to Bidyadanga.
CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Bidyadanga to Mardie, including Wallal, Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier, which means the cyclone is expected to affect coastal communities within 24 hours.
As at 2.49pm on Thursday 28 January the Bureau of Meteorology advises a Tropical Low with sustained winds near the centre of 45 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
It is located within 110 kilometres of 16.1 degrees South, 117.7 degrees East, estimated to be 480 kilometres north northwest of Port Hedland and 525 kilometres north of Karratha. It is moving south at 12 kilometres per hour.
On the current track, landfall is possible from early Saturday morning through to early Saturday afternoon between Pardoo and Karratha, including near Port Hedland.
Gales may develop in coastal parts between Wallal and Dampier, including Port Hedland and Karratha during Friday afternoon or evening. If the system tracks further to the east then gales may develop as far east as Bidyadanga. If the system tracks further west then gales may extend as far west as Mardie late Friday or early Saturday.
There is a possibility that the system intensifies into a category 2 cyclone prior to landfall. If this occurs destructive winds with gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour may occur.
Tides between Pardoo and Karratha are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark with very rough seas and flooding of low-lying coastal areas.
Heavy rainfall associated with the system is likely to develop over the Pilbara and far western Kimberley from Friday and extend further inland as the system continues to track southwards on Saturday. A Flood Watch has been issued for the Pilbara, see www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for more details.
No roads are closed.
Please drive with caution due to water across the road at the following locations:
Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
The next update will be issued when the situation changes.
The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.
A new alert may have been issued for this incident.
Please visit the Alerts and Warnings page for the latest information.
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