Cyclone Blake forming off coast
Category 1 storm first of the season as southern states burn
THE first tropical cyclone of the Australian season is predicted to hit the north Australian coast early next week.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning a tropical low, which is forming along a monsoon trough south of Indonesia, is expected to move towards the west Kimberley coast over the weekend.
BOM senior meteorologist
Adam Morgan said the low was predicted to strengthen into a tropical cyclone by the time it his the coast near Broome either late tomorrow or on Tuesday.
“If and when it does form it will be the first tropical cyclone for the 2019-20 season in the Australia region, and it will be given the name Blake,” Dr Morgan said.
Residents in the region should expect increased rain and wind at the weekend and into early next week as the system approaches the coast.
Dr Morgan said Tropical Cyclone Blake was then expected to continue moving south southwest towards Pilbara next week. It is not expected to hit any NT coastline.
“In the longer term, there’s the potential for the system to bring rainfall to central parts of Western Australia,” Dr Morgan said.
It comes as WA authorities issued emergency warnings for severe fire danger in the Exmouth Gulf Coast and Gascoyne Coast areas in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Northern Territory meteorologists are also warning of a weak tropical low that has a small chance of forming into a Tropical Cyclone north of the Top End next week.
The low is located along a monsoon trough through the Arafura and Timor Sea, and is expected to slowly strengthen over the coming days.
As yesterday, BOM predicted a five per cent chance of the low forming into a cyclone.
BOM NT senior meteorologist Bradley Wood said Territorians should check weather warnings for potential cyclone and monsoon developments over the coming week.
“We’re looking at the potential for monsoon development towards the end of next week, so we’ll get more information as that gets closer,” he said.
A tropical low, which is expected to strengthen into a cyclone within days, is forming off the north coast Picture: BOM