Blue alert issued for Northern Kimberley coast

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The tropical low forecast map as at 9am on Friday.
Camera IconThe tropical low forecast map as at 9am on Friday. Credit: Bureau of Meteorology

Residents living between Kalumburu and Cockatoo Island in the Kimberley have been advised to get ready for dangerous weather as a tropical low continues to track off the Kimberley coast.

A cyclone watch advice has also been issued for people from Cockatoo Island to Beagle Bay, but not including Derby.

The Bureau of Meteorology advised the tropical low is estimated to be 300kms west of Pirlangimpi and 31kms north northeast of Kalumburu and is moving south west at 17km/h.

As the system is expected to track towards the west southwest, it may develop into a tropical cyclone later on Friday or Saturday north of the Kimberley coast.

The Bureau says there is potential for the cyclone to approach the west Pilbara coast early next week.

Gales are not expected in coastal areas this morning or afternoon but gales with gusts up to 100km/h may develop in exposed coastal parts from late Friday or early Saturday if the system tracks further south than expected.

Gales may extend to coastal parts from Cockatoo Island to northern parts of the Dampier Peninsula from Saturday afternoon.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has advised residents to start preparing their homes inside and out, secure or remove loose material and ensure their emergency kit is ready.

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