Broome remains on blue alert ahead of possible cyclone

The West Australian
VideoLocals near the popular Cable Beach are readying for cyclonic weather as winds start to ramp up this morning.

Broome remains on blue alert as tropical cyclone Blake off the Kimberley coast gathers strength this morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the system is bringing with it gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour is slowly moving over waters to the north of Broome.

"People in or near communities between Kuri Bay to De Grey, including Broome but not including Derby, need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit," the bureau warning reads.

"The system is likely to begin to move southwards adjacent or close to the Dampier Pennisula during Monday and could reach tropical cyclone intensity in the afternoon or evening."

At least one flight to Broome from Perth has been cancelled and council workers have begun sandbagging Cable Beach.

The Broome- Cape Leveque road has been closed and heavy rainfall is expected over the west Kimberley.

A flood watch has been issued for coastal areas of the western Kimberley and eastern Pilbara.

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