TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECAST TRACK MAP
From the Bureau of Meteorology
Tropical Cyclone Claudia
Issued at 5:52 am AWST Sunday 12 January 2020. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 33.
Tropical Cyclone Claudia lies over open waters northwest of the Kimberley and will intensify further during Sunday as it continues to move southwest.
Warning zone: Mitchell Plateau to Beagle Bay.
Watch zone: None.
Cancelled zones: Kalumburu to Mitchell Plateau.
Details of Tropical Cyclone Claudia at 5:00 am AWST:
Intensity: category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 65 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 55 kilometres of 13.9 degrees South, 124.4 degrees East , 180 kilometres north of Kuri Bay and 245 kilometres west of Kalumburu .
Movement: west southwest at 22 kilometres per hour .
Tropical Cyclone Claudia is located to the north of Kuri Bay. The system is expected to strengthen further and increase in speed as it passes to the northwest of the Kimberley on Sunday, before continuing on a generally west to southwest track over open waters, well north of the Pilbara early next week
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal parts between Mitchell Plateau and Kuri Bay Sunday. There is also the potential for gales to then extend to Beagle Bay during Sunday night if the system takes a more southerly track. Gales are not expected to extend inland and there is no risk of gales at Derby.
HEAVY RAINFALL is also possible around the northwest Kimberley coast during Sunday.
DFES advises of the following community alerts:
BLUE ALERT: People in or near communities from Kalumburu to Cape Leveque, not including Kalumburu and Derby need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.
ALL CLEAR: People in communities from Wyndham to Kalumburu including Kalumburu are advised that the cyclone danger has passed. — at Karratha Weather – Pilbara Western Australia.