Cy­clone Blake form­ing off coast

Cat­e­gory 1 storm first of the sea­son as south­ern states burn

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - SARAH MATTHEWS

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

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