Tropical Cyclone Forms Over Northern Australia, Likely To Strengthen

Tropical Cyclone Forms Over Northern Australia, Likely To Strengthen”

Slow-moving Tropical Cyclone Blake is now estimated to be 215 kilometres north of Broome and is likely to begin moving south, close to the Dampier Peninsula, on Monday afternoon or evening.

Tropical Cyclone Blake has formed off the northwestern coast of Australia on Monday, which is now a category 1 storm is threatening the town of Broome with its destructive 125 km per hour winds as reported by the meteorologists.

Tropical cyclone forecast track map for Cyclone Blake.

Claudia is expected to intensify to a category two strength tropical cyclone, well below the most severe category five, but can still involve destructive wind gusts up to 164km/h and cause damage to houses, trees, caravans and crops and power failure.

"Tropical Cyclone Blake has been weak overnight due to interaction with the land", the BoM advisory said. The bureau also issued a flood watch in the coastal areas of western Kimberley and eastern Pilbara.

Gales could extend to Wallal Downs and De Grey during Tuesday or early Wednesday.

A cyclone Blue Alert is now in place now for people in or near communities between Kuri Bay to De Grey, including Broome but not including Derby in the Kimberley.

The Meteorology Office warned residents to "prepare for the cyclone weather and organize an emergency kit that includes first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water".

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