Cyclone Joyce TRACK: Storm Joyce to smash Australia ‘threat to lives and homes – ACT NOW’
Western Australia will bear the brunt of Cyclone Joyce, which is the second tropical storm to hit the area in a fortnight following Cyclone Hilda.
Cyclone Joyce is set to make landfall near Broome in Western Australia, with residents urged to take shelter and stay away from doors and windows.
Perth could be drenched in rain if the remnants of the tropical storm reaches the city over the weekend.
Emergency WA issued a warning to residents: “There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.”
BBC weather said Cyclone Joyce is “gaining energy” whilst sitting out over “really warm waters”, remaining in a similar track that of Tropical Cyclone Hilda.
Ms Willetts said: “The concern with this one is obviously the weekend is going to see some very wet weather initially across North Western parts of Australia but the storm may well head southwards towards Perth.
“Now at this time of year, it is warm and dry in Perth. They barely see a few millimetres rain at all. Perhaps the odd thunderstorm close by.
“But if that arrives later in the weekend and early next week it will give a substantial amount of rain. It could even be record breaking.”
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) radar said the category one system was carrying winds of 52mph (85kph) near its centre, with gusts up to 75mph (120kph).
But these could increase to up 112mph (180kph) on Friday and tides will be higher than expected between Cape Leveque and Pardoo Roadhouse.
Bradley Santos, the severe weather services manager for WA’s Bureau of Meteorology, warned residents the cyclone’s path could still change.
He said: ”As it moves offshore it is likely to strengthen and then start tracking toward the south toward the west Kimberley and east Pilbara coast.
“There is a risk of a category 3 crossing late on Thursday, or possibly Friday.
“There is uncertainty in the track, there is a still a risk that the system will track parallel to the Pilbara coast and therefore will affect communities in the central and western Pilbara.”