Red alert warning for cyclone on WA coast

A red alert is in place for residents in northern Western for Tropical Cyclone Kelvin.Cattle producer David Stoate has seen dozens of cyclones pass across Western ‘s far north in the past 25 years, but says Tropical Cyclone Kelvin is the worst to hit his family property.

Tropical Cyclone Kelvin crossed the WA coast on Sunday morning near Anna Plains Station, about 250km south of Broome, as a category 2.

Mr Stoate’s property, which includes 20,000 cattle, copped a “belting” with roaring wind, roofs knocked off, windows smashed and trees uprooted.

He estimates the damage to be about $150,000.

“The worst of it is gone for us but it’s still quite windy,” he told AAP on Sunday.

“I think the cattle probably coped with it better than us.”

Elsewhere in the region, lives and homes remain in danger, with a red alert in place for people between the Bidyadanga Aboriginal community and Sandfire in the Kimberley region.

“You are in danger and need to act immediately,” the Department of Fire and Emergency Services warns.

People have been warned to remain inside and shelter in the strongest part of their homes or at the evacuation centre, away from doors and windows, and to keep emergency kits with them.

A blue alert is in place for people near Telfer and Pumnu, with people urged to start preparing for dangerous weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology says destructive winds, with gusts to 150km/h, are likely near the centre of the system, but the cyclone will gradually weaken as it continues to move inland on Monday.

Damaging winds of 100km/h may persist to the east of the system once it weakens below tropical cyclone intensity.

Very heavy rainfall is likely to continue over the far west Kimberley and far east Pilbara during Sunday.

Meanwhile, the all clear has been given for people between Broome and Bidyadanga, not including Bidyadanga, and between Sandfire and Wallal, not including Sandfire.

Although the threat has passed, people have been warned to take care to avoid hazards.

Some roads are closed in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, and people have been warned of flooding danger.

The Water Corporation is also advising people not to swim or fish in Roebuck Bay or Dampier Creek in Broome as a precaution following significant rainfall.


* 223.6mm in Wallal Downs

* 166.6mm in West Roebuck

* 153.4mm in Mandora

* A further 96.2mm in Broome, bringing the total for February to 551.4mm, which is the second wettest February behind 598.9mm in 1896.


* Dahlia November/December – Category 2 in the Indian Ocean

* Hilda December 26 to 29 – Category 2 in the Kimberley region

* Irving January 3 to 10 – Category 2 in the Indian Ocean

* Joyce January 7 to 13 – Category 1 in the Kimberley region.

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