WA weather: Category two cyclone could hit Pilbara coast at the weekend

Taylor RenoufPerthNow
Pardoo Roadhouse after cyclone Chris hit in 2002.
Camera IconPardoo Roadhouse after cyclone Chris hit in 2002. Credit: Dione Davidson/WA News

A cyclone is expected to form off WA in the coming days and there is a risk it could directly impact parts of the State.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there was a high chance a tropical low — that battered Christmas Island and is moving towards WA’s north-west — would intensify into a tropical cyclone on Friday before reaching category two strength on Saturday.

While the path of the cyclone is “uncertain”, BOM said there was a risk it could directly impact the Pilbara coast over the weekend.

It comes as residents of Marble Bar, Nullagine, Newman, Telfer, Pardoo, Kumarina and Cotton Creek are being told to prepare for floods.

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Emergency WA warned people in those areas to take action now as minor flooding is expected over the next few days.

“Heavy rain with showers and thunderstorms are forecast across the Flood Watch area over the next few days.

“Significant river, creek, and stream rises are likely with heavy rainfall, with flooding and overland inundation possible across parts of the Flood Watch area.”


  • Prepare to move cars, equipment, livestock and pets early so they are not caught in floodwaters.
  • Prepare an emergency kit including enough canned food and water to last for four days, as well as clothing, important documents such as identification and insurance papers, medication, cash and a battery-operated radio to listen to warnings.
  • Fill your vehicle’s fuel tank.
  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate.
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
  • Do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
  • Find out more about how to get ready for a flood at the DFES website click here.


  • Be careful at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly.
  • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
  • Carry extra food and water when travelling in case of long delays at crossings.

Keep up to date with the latest emergency warnings here.

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