Broome on alert as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Anika expected to intensify before landfall in Kimberley

Sam JonesBroome Advertiser
Kalumburu after receiving 250mm rain at the weekend.
Camera IconKalumburu after receiving 250mm rain at the weekend. Credit: Supplied: Dave Corstorphan

Residents of Broome are being warned to prepare for extreme weather as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Anika continues to track across the northwest Kimberley coast.

A yellow alert is current for people in and around Kuri Bay to Derby, not including Derby, with anyone in the area urged to take action and get ready to shelter immediately.

A blue alert is current for people in or around Derby to Broome, including the Dampier Peninsula.

Anyone in the blue alert area is urged to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

As at 2.48pm Monday February 28, the Ex-TC Anika track map shows the system making landfall between Broome and Port Hedland.
Camera IconAs at 2.48pm Monday February 28, the Ex-TC Anika track map shows the system making landfall between Broome and Port Hedland. Credit: Bureau of Meteorology

The system continues to move slowly southwest over the northwest Kimberley.

Gales are still occurring in coastal parts near the system, with the low expected to track further west-southwest across the norhtwest Kimberley for the remainder of this afternoon and tonight..

The system is expected to redevelop into a tropical cyclone as it moves over water near the west Kimberley coast early Tuesday and intensify further as it moves over open ocean early Wednesday.

It is expected to turn south on Wednesday, and a severe tropical cyclone impact to the east Pilbara or west Kimberley coast is forecast for late Wednesday or Thursday.

It comes after residents of Kalumburu community expressed relief after escaping major damage the system, which made landfall along the northern Kimberley coast at the weekend.

The cyclone tracked southwest over the Timor Sea and hit the Kimberley coastline about 8pm Saturday as a Category 2 system, before moving southwest over Kalumburu and dropping to a Category 1 about 3am.

The remote community recorded 250mm in the 24 hours to Sunday 9am, with about 215mm falling overnight, while wind gusts reached up 72 kilometres per hour.

To keep up to date, visit the Emergency WA website, call 13 DFES (13 33 37), or follow DFES on Twitter, Facebook.

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