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Cyclone Kelvin: Damaging winds, rainfall up for North Western Australia

Cyclone Kelvin: Damaging winds, rainfall up for North Western Australia

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Cyclone Kelvin is no longer predicted to attain Category 3 strength, even as it crosses northwest coast of Western Australia tomorrow,. This is because of proximity to land and delay in the intensification of the low.

However, locals have been warned to brace for detrimental winds of up to 150km/h from Saturday afternoon.

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In fact, a blue alert stays for the location between Cape Leveque and De Grey, inclusive of Broome and Bidyadanga in the Kimberley and Pilbara. The weather system is anticipated to make landfall day after today along the east Pilbara or some distance west of Kimberley coast.

Weathermen expect unusual high tides to result in minor flooding at the coast between Broome and Pardoo during Sunday. Heavy rainfall is in all likelihood to spread and cover the east Pilbara during the weekend.

Heavy rainfall has already hit Broome with around 47.6 mm in 12 hours. Short Street in the town’s centre looked more like a river than a prime thoroughfare after the downpour. The common for the month of February is 177.4 mm.

Locals have been advised to sluggish down whilst driving through the puddles to prevent the water from flooding shops.

Forecasters are of the view that Broome can anticipate rainfall between 50-100mm on Saturday and Sunday, with Monday expected to get hold of the most. Last month Broome recorded it 2nd highest rainfall in an afternoon of 439 mm.

Residents between Cape Leveque and De Grey, inclusive of Broome need to prepare for dangerous weather and organize an emergency package along with first resource kit, torch, transportable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

Image Credit: thewest.com.au