WA’s north warned to prepare for Cyclone Hilda

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VideoThe tropical low could become a cyclone by tonight.

Residents in Western Australia’s north are being warned to get ready to shelter from an oncoming cyclone that may threaten lives and homes.

A yellow alert has been issued for people in or near Cape Leveque to Wallal, including the coastal tourist hub of Broome.

The tropical low on Wednesday evening was estimated to be 65km northeast of Broome and 130km west of Derby, sustaining winds near the centre of 55km/h with gusts to 85km/h.

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The Bureau of Meteorology says the system may move back over water and develop into a tropical cyclone late on Wednesday or early Thursday.

The low is likely to be over land and weakening as it moves inland on Thursday night.

Very damaging wind gusts are possible from Cape Leveque to Bidyadanga if the low develops into a tropical cyclone and gales may extend towards Wallal Downs and De Grey on Thursday.

Heavy rain is expected over parts of the west Kimberley region, extending to the east Pilbara on Thursday.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is warning people to move vehicles undercover and secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles.

Residents are also urged to ensure pets and animals are safe, pack relocation and emergency kits and leave coastal areas.

A blue alert remains in place for people in Wallal to De Grey and surrounding areas.

Although there is no immediate danger, those residents have been told to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

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