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Weather Warnings - Flood Warning - West Kimberley District

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia

Flood Warning for the West Kimberley District

Issued at 10:56 am WST on Monday 19 March 2018
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia

Flood Warning Number: 2

Flooding is expected in catchments north of Derby in the west Kimberley
District resulting from observed and forecast rainfall associated with Tropical
Cyclone Marcus.

Tropical Cyclone Marcus is offshore from the northwest Kimberley coast and is
moving steadily towards the west, away from the coast. Marcus has intensified
this morning and is expected to continue to strengthen during the day and
forecast to become a Severe Tropical Cyclone later on Monday. The system will
continue to strengthen and track westwards away from the WA mainland during
Tuesday with no further impact on WA communities.

Rainfall in the West Kimberley will ease later today as tropical cyclone Marcus
moves the west. 24hr rain totals to 9am this morning in the North Kimberley
include 127 mm at Theda and 114 mm at Kalumburu. Its likely similar falls
occurred in the West Kimberley district but were not recorded.

Forecast rainfall for the 24 hours to 9 am Tuesday is expected to be confined
to coastal areas west of Kalumburu and north of Derby around 30-75 mm with
isolated falls to 100 mm.

West Kimberley District:
Forecast and observed rainfall is expected to result in river rises and areas
of flooding in the Prince Regent and Isdell River catchments. Flooding may
adversely affect road conditions and some roads may become impassable and some
communities may become isolated.

Flood Safety Advice:
DFES advises people and communities to be aware that flooding is possible and
be prepared to relocate equipment and livestock. Watch water levels. Travellers
need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel
plans may need to be reconsidered. Do not drive into water of unknown depth and

Community information is available from DFES at www.dfes.wa.gov.au
Current river levels are available from Department of Water at

Next issue:
The next warning will be issued by 11:00 am WST on Tuesday 20 March 2018.

Latest River Heights:
Lennard River at Mount Joseph, 0.63, Steady, 09:05 AM MON 19/03/18

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 213. Warning, rainfall and
river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood. The latest weather
forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts.
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