Cyclone Wallace – Update


As the Pilbara coast recovers from severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica which flooded the region last week, another potential cyclone brewing in the Top End is threatening to wreak further havoc.

Key points:

The BOM says there’s a high chance of a cyclone off the Kimberley on Saturday
If the system does develop into a cyclone, it will be called Wallace
Forecasters say if it hits the Pilbara coast next week, the flooding will be “significant”
A tropical low formed about 500 kilometres north-north-east of Darwin on Wednesday and is forecast to move into waters off Western Australia.

“Over the next few days we’re expecting the system to move west-south-west and slowly develop,” Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior forecaster Matt Boterhoven said.

“By Friday, there’s a moderate chance of it developing into a tropical cyclone.

Cyclone will be called Wallace

If the system does develop into a cyclone, it will be called Cyclone Wallace.

But the BOM has cautioned it was still too early to predict with certainty whether the potential cyclone would make landfall or exactly where it would track.

Its latest modelling suggests a potential crossing could take place on the west Pilbara coast late on Tuesday or early on Wednesday.

Cyclone Veronica stalled very close to the Pilbara coast for about 24 hours at category three intensity, dumping hundreds of millimetres of rain in the Pilbara and producing destructive winds between Port Hedland and Karratha.


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