Grey nomads in Kimberley warned of cyclone threat

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A tropical low pressure system could develop into a cyclone off the WA coast. PIC: Bureau of Meteorology

Grey nomads seeking to beat the crowds by travelling out of season in northern Western Australia are being warned to prepare for extreme weather.

A tropical low continues to brew off the state’s Kimberley coast and a severe tropical cyclone could lash the area in the next day or two.  The low is expected to move offshore and possibly develop into a cyclone today or tomorrow.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has urged people need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise emergency kits including a first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

The ABC reports that a cyclone blue alert was issued on Monday, a day after a thunderstorm hit the town of Derby, 220 kilometres east of Broome, damaging a home and flipping a light aircraft at the local airport.

The alert is in place for people between Kuri Bay and Wallal Downs, including Broome and Derby.

Hundreds of oil and gas workers have been evacuated from offshore rigs, in preparation for dangerous weather and gales of up to 100 kilometres an hour.

The ABC reports that many communities in the Kimberley are still mopping up from Cyclone Hilda which brought heavy rain and damaging winds just after Christmas.

  • Have you been hit by really wild weather while travelling? How did you cope? Are you in the Kimberley at the moment? Comment below.

 

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