Red alert: Cyclone Magda nears coast

22 Jan, 2010 11:33 AM
The latest satellite photo shows Cyclone Magda about to cross the coast. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology
The latest satellite photo shows Cyclone Magda about to cross the coast. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology

A COMMUNITY in the Kimberley has been placed on red alert after tropical Cyclone Magda crossed the coast early this morning.

At 5am today, the Bureau of Meteorology said the category two cyclone made landfall near Kuri Bay and was estimated to be 15km south-east of the tiny community, and 215km north-north-east of Derby.

The State Emergency Service has issued a red alert warning stating: "People in or near Kuri Bay need to go to shelter immediately".

Magda - which is moving south at 15kmh - now lies just inland from the Kimberley coast in the vicinity of Kuri Bay and is moving in a southerly direction.

Unless it moves to the south-west, the likelihood of any intensification appears to be small.

According to the Bureau, computer modelling indicates that the system will continue southwards and weaken over land.

However, destructive winds with gusts up to 130kmh are expected close to the centre of the cyclone during this morning, in the vicinity of Kuri Bay.

Gales with gusts to 100kmh may develop in coastal areas between the Mitchell Plateau and Cockatoo Island as the cyclone approaches during this morning.

If the cyclone takes a more south-westerly track, gales may extend to Beagle Bay, but the risk of this occurring is diminishing.

Heavy rainfall, with falls in excess of 100mm, is expected near the cyclone track in the west Kimberley today and tomorrow, but widespread heavy falls are not expected.

Tides today will be higher than expected between Mitchell Plateau and Cockatoo Island with the possible flooding of low-lying areas.

On top of the red alert for Kuri Bay, people in or near communities between Koolan Island and Cape Leveque - including the communities of Cockatoo Island, One Arm Point, Lombadina, and Djarindjin - are on yellow alert.

A blue alert has been issued for people in or near the remaining coastal communities between Mitchell Plateau and Beagle Bay - including the community of Derby.



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