Wednesday 8th Apr, 2020

Tropical Cyclone Blake approaches Western Australia

Rio Tinto iron ore operations have restarted in the Pilbara, Western Australia following the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Damien in Western Australia.
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The first cyclone of the season, named Blake, could affect bulk handling operations in the north west of Western Australia.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) expected the tropical cyclone to hit the eastern Pilbara region today or Wednesday. It has the potential to intensify into a category two system.

The tropical cyclone was located 215 kilometres north of Broome on Monday 6 January and was expected to move southwards, close to the Dampier Peninsula.

Gale-forced winds with gusts in excess of 125 kilometres an hour may reach inland parts of the eastern Pilbara.

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“Communities in the Kimberley, Pilbara and the Northern Territory, now is the time to get your cyclone plan in place,” BoM meteorologist Andrea Peace said.

Flood watch has been issued for coastal areas of the western Kimberley and eastern Pilbara regions.

Daily rainfall would likely total between 100 and 150 millimetres, with potential isolated, heavier falls up to 250 millimetres and thunderstorms.