Western Australia prepares for cyclone Blake

Image: Bureau of Meteorology

Western Australian miners in the northwest of the state are bracing for the first cyclone of the season as it is due to hit the eastern Pilbara region.

The tropical cyclone, named Blake, was located 215 kilometres north of Broome by Monday Jan 6 but was tracking to move southwards, close to the Dampier Peninsula.

Gale-forced winds with gusts in excess of 125 kilometres an hour may reach inland parts of the eastern Pilbara today.

The tropical cyclone is expected to develop into a category two system.

“Communities in the Kimberley, Pilbara and the Northern Territory, now is the time to get your cyclone plan in place,” the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) meteorologist Andrea Peace said.

Flood watch has been issued for coastal areas of the western Kimberley and eastern Pilbara regions.

Daily rainfall would likely total between 100 and 150 millimetres, with potential isolated, heavier falls up to 250 millimetres and thunderstorms.