Cyclone Blake tracking the north WA coast

VideoCyclone Blake has hit the WA coast near Broome as a category one cyclone and is expected to make landfall tonight

Western Australia’s first tropical cyclone of the summer is bringing damaging winds and heavy rain to the Kimberley region.

Slow-moving Tropical Cyclone Blake is tracking along the coast, passing close to Broome overnight.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said there were only four reports of damage in the town, including a tree that fell on a car in Bilingurr.

The category one system is expected to move towards the south-west today and may cross the coast near Wallal Downs, along Eighty Mile Beach.

The cyclone knocked a tree onto a car in Bilingurr.
Camera IconThe cyclone knocked a tree onto a car in Bilingurr. Credit: Carley Laden

It could also intensify into a category two storm.

Destructive winds with gusts over 125km/h may develop this morning between Beagle Bay and Bidyadanga, possibly including Broome, then extend southwards to Wallal Downs later on Tuesday.

Broome council workers fill sandbags on Cable Beach.
Camera IconBroome council workers fill sandbags on Cable Beach. Credit: Glenn Cordingley

Gales could extend into inland parts of the eastern Pilbara later today or early on Wednesday.

A yellow alert has been issued for people in or near communities from Kuri Bay to Bidyadanga.

People need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

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