12 January 2018
Port Hedland, Dampier & Broome, Australia

Ports prepare for cyclone

As of 0800 WST today (12 January), Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Joyce was in position 19.4S 121.0E, some 150NM East North East of Port Hedland, and tracking SW’ly at 10 kts.

The system tracked further east overnight than originally forecast and is currently 40km North North-West of Sandfire roadhouse moving parallel along 80 Mile beach and is expected to make a coastal crossing near Wallal later this morning.

Port Hedland remains at Cyclone Alert Stage 4 – Shut Down.

Dampier is still at Cyclone Alert Stage 1 – Monitor.  

As per the latest Bureau of Meteorology forecast, Joyce is around 40 nautical miles southwest of Bidyadanga and is tracking SSW along 80 Mile beach. It has shown no real signs of development overnight, and given its close proximity to land, further intensification is unlikely and expected to make landfall as a Category 1 system.

The system should take a south-westerly track after it crosses the coast and will weaken as it moves inland. Heavy rainfall and flooding is expected east of the system as it moves inland. Gale force winds are still a slim possibility on the eastern flank of the system  

The threat posed by the cyclone to the Port of Broome has now passed. The port was scheduled to re-open for normal operations this morning. However, the opening of the port is not an indication that sea or weather conditions are safe for all operations. Mariners should exercise normal caution and take appropriate action to ensure that safety is maintained.

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