Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Tropical Cyclone Narelle moves towards northwest WA coast

Ben McBurney, Thursday January 10, 2013 - 13:46 EDT

Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Narelle is the second TC that has formed in the Indian Ocean (and third overall) so far this cyclone season, the other being TC Mitchell in late December.

TC Narelle is currently classed as a category 3 system with very destructive winds up to 195km/h near its centre. TC Narelle is presently tracking in a SW direction parallel to the northwestern WA coast north of Dampier and is unlikely to make landfall. TC Narelle is expected to increase in severity over the next 24 hours and become a category 4 system during this afternoon with winds gusting to 220km/h.

Narelle is closing in on the Northwest Cape and far west Pilbara coast and is likely to bring heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds to coastal areas and the risk of flash flooding. Over 50mm is possible as Narelle moves closer to the coast.

Rough to very rough seas are expected as Narelle moves closer to the coast while seas should reach above 4 metres until Narelle weakens and moves south.

Keep an eye on current weather warnings particularly for the western Pilbara and western Gascoyne districts.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

WA's South West a 'canary in the coalmine' for climate change

14:40 EDT

After 200 years of changing the landscape of the world's most distinctive continent we are only just beginning to understand how European settlers and their successors have vitally affected its ecology, its diversity and its climate.

SA weather: Thousands without power after wild storms cross state

12:52 EDT

Thousands of properties are without power in South Australia, with Adelaide being the hardest hit, after a storm front crossed the state last night.

South reeling as severe weather spreads east

12:03 EDT

Severe weather will spread over parts of eastern Australia today after a wild night in the nation's south.